The Big Chill

August 26, 2010

Everything proceeded pretty much according to plan today…plenty of sun, then clouds, then sun again.  No showers in our area either.  Amazing how the cold advection just levelled off temps this afternoon.  I found northeast Oregon most interesting.  Temps skyrocketed into the mid-upper 90s at La Grande and Baker City by noon!  Then a massive push with the cold front…northwest wind gusts 40+ mph.  By 5pm (normal high temp time), it was in the mid 70s.

I see Timberline Lodge went from mid 50s last night and this morning down to the upper 30s by dinner time.  It’s going to be real nippy for the Hood To Coast runners tomorrow morning.

No big changes in my thinking for the rest of the 7 Day forecast…cool, but dry through the weekend.  Then an actual front with steady light rain Sunday night into Monday.  That’ll be the first time in about 8 weeks.

As for the “cool” part, clear or mainly clear skies Friday and Saturday night could allow temps in outlying areas down around 40 degrees, with the usual really cold spots (Brush Praire, Orchards, Hillsboro, Vernonia) down into the upper 30s.  I may have to break down and use the heat in August again…I really hate that, it’s unnatural.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen