Dry Start To April; Make Up Time Next 7 Days

11pm Wednesday…

April has been quite dry so far, with less than 1″ rain falling in the past two weeks:


But it looks like that will change tomorrow, and again next week with a few wet weather systems moving through our area.  You can see from the chart below that as of mid-April we are about halfway between the wettest and driest time of the year in any average year; April is one of the 6 driest months…typically.

A nice cold front moves through the region Thursday afternoon, giving us a rainy and breezy day.  Beyond that the Easter Weekend is looking like a mix of wet and dry, with the rain likely arriving sometime Saturday midday or afternoon and then disappearing around daybreak Easter Morning.  Those of you headed to sunrise services outside will PROBABLY stay dry.  The rest of the day looks dry as well.  If so, it’ll be our 3rd dry Easter.  Remember last year?


It was incredible; both days of that weekend were 77 degrees and mostly sunny!  No such weather this year, but once again at least it appears dry.  Next week looks showery and cool to me; we have cool upper level troughs either sitting over the area or swinging through most of the time.  You can see the below average 850mb temps on the 12z ECMWF ensemble chart:


The ensemble average temp drops below average next Monday and stays there for the following week or so.  Interesting that a few members try to warm us up with some ridging NEXT weekend, but just a few.

So…get ready for showers and chilly temps next week!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

8 Responses to Dry Start To April; Make Up Time Next 7 Days

  1. Boydo3 N. Albany says:

    Lettuce, peas, spinach are all up….
    Time for more slug bait 😉

  2. schmit44 says:

    4/17/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:77 at LAKE OWHEE AND O(2400 ft)
    Low: 54 at JUNIPR(359 ft)

    High:34 at Timberline Lodge(6001 ft)
    Low: 23 at DIMLKE (4726 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 48 degrees
    RED BUTTE (72/24 ) (4460 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.10″ at SOUTH FORK BULL(2630ft)
    1.09″ at CEDAR(2220ft)
    1.04″ at TILLAMOOK(11ft)
    1.03″ at HEBOWX Mt. Hebo(3160ft)

  3. Megan O. says:

    Just an FYI: Easter was on April 12 in 2009 (my son was born that day). In 2012, Easter was on April 8. But I hope that the weather WILL cooperate for the Easter Egg hunts. We have gotten quite spoiled the last few years!

  4. 0.47″ so far today and only managed a 3.3 degree spread in temperature. 49.3 up to 52.6

    Very cold mid April day.

    Ironically, the high was not the coldest for the date. My records only go back to 2011 at my BG station, but the high temp in 2011 was just 52.1 and in 2012 it was 50.5 degrees.

  5. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Strange Lines: What are They?
    Alien spaceship tracks?

    The answer is obvious. Vertically propagating mountain waves!


  6. schmit44 says:

    4/16/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:76 at ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 53 at HEPP(311 ft) & John Day River B(305 ft)

    High:35 at Timberline Lodge(6001 ft) & CW7477 Lostine(7002 ft) & MT. HOWARD(7910 ft)
    Low: 18 at ANEROID LAKE #2 (7300 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 39 degrees
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (76/37 ) (1389 ft )
    CABIN LAKE (62/23) (4560 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.43″ at MEARES Cape Mear(1421ft)
    0.37″ at TILLAMOOK(11ft)
    0.35″ at AA7OA Astoria(240ft)
    0.33″ at DW4535 Cannon Be(23ft)
    0.33″ at TIDEWATER(2035ft)

  7. Danny in Troutdale says:


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