A Good Start To The Week

July 26, 2010

Check out the sunset…Tyler Mode sent me this picture of the sky this evening.  Nice colors as the setting sun shone on the high clouds from earlier thunderstorms in Central Oregon.    I’m so glad I was able to show this picture on the 10pm weathercast tonight, although I know most of you REALLY wanted to see the man with the world’s longest ear hair…that was disgusting, but you watched didn’t you?

I’m back at work for a few days after a week of vacation.  So what did I miss?  Apparently nothing weatherwise.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, that’s why I take just about all my vacation time in July and August. 

It’s interesting that after all the fuss about a big cold trough for last week, we only had a thicker marine layer and then instead saw ridging and very warm temperatutres by the end of the week.  Hmmm…sounds like a familiar story that continues.  Current forecast models show a trough lingering near the West Coast through the next 7-10 days.  Earlier runs showed it deepening a bit and then swinging right over us during the upcoming weekend.  00z GFS isn’t cool at all, with 850mb temps bottoming out around +12 or so.  That’s the average 850mb temp. for any afternoon in July.  Not exactly a cold mid-summer pattern, but it will increase the onshore flow for sure.  So say goodbye to the near 90 degree temperatures.  We’ll be somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees over the next week; that’s very comfortable.  Remember last year at this time???  We were in day #2 of our 10 days 90+ degree temps in Portland!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen