Steph and I bumped up temps a little on the 7 day this afternoon and I added a couple of degrees again this evening. Models have been very consistent with a warm atmosphere overhead, sunshine, and offshore flow (at least on Saturday and probably Sunday) pushing temps at least to 70 degrees. My “magic chart” shows a +10 at 850mb Saturday afternoon with offshore flow producing a high at PDX between 70-75 degrees. Regardless, this weekend will be the warmest we’ve seen so far this spring and far better than we saw in March last year.
Right now we are running 3rd driest March at PDX. We’ll probably get a little tomorrow afternoon or Thursday and that could bump us out of the top 5. We’ll see.
We’ve got a fresh NW Weather Podcast posted! Brian, Mark, & introducing Joe Raineri as our newest member of the weather team. Lots of fun, a recap of the “big” Hockinson tornado last week (don’t miss the telethon for the victims of the great twister!) and a look back at our sad (boring) winter: You can check it out here: http://t.co/OVx2jV0g5b
Joe started last week and he’ll be reporting weekday mornings and filling in weatherwise as well. In fact his first weather shift is next Monday at 5pm.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen