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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
Friday's high 60


So far today...

High: 73°
Precip: 0.05"
Low: 61°
93° (1991)
36° (1965)
This Month
Since 1/1
Since 10/1

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Thursday, September 18 10:15 AM

We're entering the coolest day of the week with a few passing showers likely in your area today.

Cloudy skies, higher humdity and scattered showers are all helping wildland firefighters get a better handle on the massive 36 Pit wildfire east of Estacada today. Expect passing showers to come to an end this afternoon.  Daytime highs will be around the low to mid 70s. Tonight, skies will turn partly cloudy. Overnight lows drop into the upper 50s.

Tomorrow, another warming trend begins. As a ridge of high pressure re-develops over the Pacific Northwest, expect  afternoon sunshine and daytime highs in the upper 70s.  Hot weather and east winds return Saturday and Sunday. Metro residents will see highs soar back in the upper 80s. Smoke from the fires will likely fill the skies over the city.















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