Today looks spectacular. We could get as high as the lower 70s here in the western Valleys under mostly sunny skies. KPTV transmission tower temps at 1800′ are about 15 degrees warmer today compared to yesterday and a strong (stronger than expected) east wind is blowing out of the Gorge. Peak gusts around 50 mph out there right now. The morning sounding at Salem found a +13 deg C. temp at 850mb, also slightly warmer than expected. That warm offshore flow will easily mix down to the surface. Enjoy the warmth, especially since we are near the peak of fall colors.
Most likey we won’t hit 70 again this season, although it IS possible to hit it in November. Just very rare.
Rain is still on the way by midnight tonight at the latest and it’ll be cool and showery starting Saturday. The good news is that I don’t see a long period of solid cloud cover and heavy rain; just showers.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen