Labor Day Weekend Is Here

August 31, 2012

You can’t ask for a better holiday weekend than this…sunny or mostly sunny skies.  High temperatures in the comfortable 75-80 degree range too.

No matter where you are headed in the Pacific Northwest you’ll find nice weather.  Even the ocean beaches will only see spots of morning clouds.

The weather pattern remains very stable over the upcoming week with upper-level ridging building a bit over the West Coast.  It won’t be a big hot ridge for at least the next week, but enough to keep us mainly cloudless through the first week of September.  Of course it is way too early to know if we have a very warm September on the way.  Remember that last September was the 2nd warmest on record here in Portland.

Of course we are also wrapping up a rainless August in most of the Willamette Valley…quite unusual.  We’ve only seen 4 completely dry Augusts (only a trace of rain), the last one in 1998.  Today is our 41st day without measurable rainfall, but Salem can beat that.  The last day it rained in Salem was July 3rd!  Saturday will be day 60 without rain.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen