March Ended Cold & Wet! Can We Expect The Same In April?
March ended as one of the wettest and coldest in years across many locations in NW Oregon and SW Washington. But you did not need me to tell you that. We have been wetter than average almost every month since last fall. In fact, the water year to date total so far (October 1st through March 31st) is running quite wet. The Portland Airport has received nearly 35″ of precipitation since October 1st. Normal is just 27 inches. Last year we had received just 23″ over the same period of time. We have picked up 12″ (one foot) more rainfall this water year vs. last. I, as well as many of you are looking for light at the end of the rain-train tunnel. Looks like we are going to have to wait a little longer as there are several disturbances headed this way over the next few days that will bring more rainfall and very low snow levels. Looks like the Cascade passes will see snow this week. The Cascades are also making up for any and all lost snow this winter. They are getting dumped on up there lately! That is a great way to extend the ski season for sure.
The system that is on tap for mid-week will usher in some very chilly air behind it. Highs will struggle to get out of the 40’s by late week. If current model trends continue and we get some clearing, outlying areas could see temperatures near freezing by the end of the week. Historic? No. What about moving those tender plants from the garage into the yard? I would avoid that as well. It looks wet and cold for at least the next 5-7 days. For those in Washington, enjoy your wet and cold spring break this week. I wish it was sunny and 80-85 degrees like I remember back in 1992. Ahhh, good times!