Sloppy Weekend

July 20, 2007

SnapshotNot all that much rain today, but a dreary day for July.
Weather pattern is actually pretty straightforward tomorrow and Sunday.  One more system swings north off the coastline tomorrow night and Sunday.  Looks like almost all the precip will stay to the north and west of Salem tomorrow, and then drift a bit farther south Sunday.  The change in tonight’s forecast is that the ridge to the east shifts just far enough west to shove the weak front offshore Monday.  So I took the rain out of the forecast Monday.  With the ridge gradually moving a bit closer to us over the next 3 days, the airmass continues to warm.  By Sunday the freezing level is around 14,000!  Once the clouds break Monday, we should easily hit 80 or so due to that fact.
The forecast maps for next week still show weak troughing well offshore, but all models are quite a bit weaker with the trough than they were 24 hours ago.  Enjoy the drippiness this weekend…Mark