It was nice to see the wind actually show up as expected today (as opposed to Thursday!). Peak gusts were in the 30-40 mph range late this morning and then again with showers during the afternoon. Scappoose really got soaked by the rain…capturing over an inch of rainfall.
Another system is approaching “Cascadia” this afternoon. Just trying to capture part of the glory of the Olympics for us and connect to Vancouver BC somehow in that statement! That warm front moves overhead early tomorrow morning (when I plan to be asleep), then most or all of the rain lifts to our north. It could be a very nice mid-late afternoon! And warm too!
Very slow weather continues in general the next 7+ days. I think someone mentioned earlier today that it seems like I’m not posting as much lately. My posting is directly related to our weather. If there isn’t much happening I tend to post less. You’d be amazed at the page views…anywhere from 40,000 hits on a big weather day down to 1,000 a day with sunshine!
There is a significant change in the pattern beginning the middle of next week. Strong upper-level ridge of high pressure amplifies overhead. The ECMWF continues (including the brand new 00z) holds onto this ridge more or less through the 10 day period. The GFS has it retrograding to the west and north, allowing colder air to slip in from the east and then eventually wetter westerly flow to cut in from the west. We’ll see how it turns out, but nice sunny weather is on the way for at least a few days late next week.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen