A Perfect July Weekend

July 11, 2008

Snapshot[1] For the first time since Monday morning, the temperature at Brookings this evening has dropped below 70 degrees!  Take a look at the numbers on the image.  This would be amazing in Portland, let alone right beside a cold Pacific Ocean.  It’s interesting that when we look back at big heatwaves in Oregon, this week wouldn’t even show up as one.  Except in Brookings it’ll be remembered as the hottest week ever!

For this upcoming weekend, it appears to be perfect weather for outdoor activities near water.  Temps near or above 90 both days, sunshine from sunrise to sunset, and low humidity.

Not much else to say except we’ll be a bit more “troughy” by the middle of next week.  Models have been all over the place for location, depth, and timing of a trough nearby.  A general trend I THINK I’m seeing is the tendency for models to continue backing off on intensity.  So over the last few days the 850mb temp forecast for much of next week keeps rising.  Remember that two nights ago I had some high temps quite close to 70 degrees.  Now I don’t see it getting much below 80 degrees for highs.  No sign of rain either…Mark Nelsen