Election Night Weather

May 16, 2006

Actually, this blog has nothing to do with the election tonight, but I needed an interesting title.

Convection at 9pm is all finished except over Lake & Harney counties.  Pretty good swath of lightning strikes from Deschutes county up into Northeast Oregon this afternoon.  Flow overhead will remain from the south or SSW the next 2 days, I think that will keep the thunderstorms over and east of the Cascades.  So more sunshine west side the next 2 days.

Onshore flow is weaker this evening from the Coast to the Valley, but stronger from the Coast to Eastern Oregon/Washington.  So temperatures won’t cool any tomorrow, and could even rise 1 or 2 degrees westside.

Long range models are still all over the place beginning Friday and continuing through early next week.  Some models bring the cool trough onshore, giving us lots of showers and chilly mid May weather over the weekend.  Others dig the trough well offshore, keeping the ridge much closer with it’s warmer & dry weather.  I’m still leaning towards the cooler & wetter at times forecast…Mark