By Dave Salesky
6.14" of rain in October that's over 3" above normal. Now it looks like drier weather is returning for at least the first week of November. Go figure, this is turning into an interesting fall.
A weak ridge will begin to build across the region tonight, keeping us dry. I do expect wide spread areas of fog on Friday morning. Some areas could see visibilites below 1/4 of a mile.
After the fog lifts we should have partly to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will remain in the low 60s, about 5 degrees above average.
Through at least the middle of next week we'll have no better than a 40% chance of rain. Freezing levels will remain well above pass levels.
Tonight's low 51
So far today...
Friday, August 28, 2015
Fall rain returns early- and wind will accompany it tomorrow.
A trough of low pressure is spinning up and tracking toward Oregon and Washington. So far, only sprinkles and light rain have been observed today. Today's forecast calls for cloudy skies and relatively warm temperatures. Conditions will remain mainly dry. Daytime highs will be in the upper 70s. Overnight tonight, expect steady rain to begin after midnight. Overnight lows will be near 60 degrees.
Once the main system arrives tomorrow, wet weather can be expected through much of the weekend. Locally up to a half inch of rain is possible. An inch or more can be expected on the coast and Cascades. A High Wind Watch is now posted for North and Central Coast cities; as well as the S.W. Washington Coast. Wind gusts could top 60 miles an hour tomorrow.
Hood to Coast Relay runners will see wet and windy running weather in the Coast Range and Seaside early tomorrow morning.
Jack Nichols and his friend Nate had a plan under what should have been a starry night Saturday night - wait until midnight when the quarter moon sets and it's totally black, then head up to Artist Point and get some amazing shots of the Milky Way galaxy over a majestic Mt. Baker.
They're sometimes mistaken for aliens, but really, it's just a sign rain might be on the way.
Luke Meyers just recently published this time lapse video of a rather strange-looking lenticular cloud over Mt. Rainier last March. It's a good illustration of how they form -- the clouds look stationary but there's quite a bit of movement in them as air rises just enough to saturate, then dries enough as it sinks to "go invisible" again.
As sunshine and 70s become more common this time of year, so do the spontaneous trips out to enjoy the warmth out on the water. And with that comes the busiest time of the year for water rescuers.
Sadly, May is the month with the highest amount of water-related fatalities in the Northwest and this year is no different.
KATU Forecast Team
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