Cool and Showery Weekend Ahead

April 12, 2013

It’s been well advertised that we have another cool and showery weekend ahead.  Maybe not quite as wet as last weekend but just as cool.  The bulk of the next 48 hours we’ll have temperatures in the 40s here in the metro area.  Snow levels briefly dip to around 2,000′ the next two mornings.

Where might you go to stay dry?  Take a look at our RPM model forecast of rainfall between Friday evening and Sunday evening.

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Areas colored are greater than .10″.  Notice just about all the lower elevations of eastern Oregon will be dry or nearly so.

One area that will just see very light showers (mainly dry) will be the Hood River Valley.   Fruit trees are blooming, at least in the lower valley where this picture was taken by Don Grasley:

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Enjoy the weekend.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of this century?

April 12, 2013

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An interesting piece from NOAA detailing a few possibilities related to future summertime ice in the Arctic Ocean.  Obviously it has nothing to do with our current weather, but some good reading.

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century.