Looks like the well-advertised one day of heat is here. Enjoy because we’re going from August (today and Saturday) to October (Monday) in just a couple of days! Something for everyone this time around. Or, the way things go around here, everyone can complain; but at different times.
I feel good about our 94 degree forecast today for several reasons:
- 850mb temperature (5,000′ temperature) is +23 over Salem this morning, about what models forecast, maybe a degree or so warmer. +24 is very rare in September, notice that is the maximum observed after the first few days of the month
- Full sunshine today, minus a bit of smoke from California fires overhead.
- And, the biggie, offshore flow is a bit stronger than I expected…3-4 millibars through the Columbia River Gorge this morning. Corbett has gusted to 32 mph and Vista House to 44 mph. Not sure what I was thinking forecasting east wind 10-15 mph. That east wind season is almost here.
These 3 factors mean a (2-6pm) scorcher today…stay cool!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen