Stormy Sunday, Dry Early Next Week
Happy weekend all! We just returned from a well needed Vegas spring break vacation over this past week. We left behind sunny and 85 for rainy and 50. Oh well, I guess that is how we roll in the Pacific Northwest this time of the year, isn’t it? We are in for more wet weather tonight and Sunday as yet another spring storm heads our way from the Pacific. This system will bring strong winds to the Oregon coast and breezy conditions to the valley on Sunday. Latest models show the center of the storm will pass over Astoria in the early morning hours tomorrow (Sunday). As the low passes by, southerly winds will kick up from about 3AM to 9AM before tapering off as the day progresses. If the center of the low were deeper, there would be the potential for considerably stronger winds even in the valley. But that is not in the cards this time around. Showers will linger into Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday look like they will be dry days with a ridge of high pressure nosing into the Pacific Northwest. Bottom line – cooler than normal and wet this weekend into Monday, followed by a break (dry) Tuesday and Wednesday. Snow levels will remain right about pass level over the next several days. The late season snow continues to pile up in the Cascades and at most of the area ski resorts. Models are a little “iffy” on the second half of the coming week. The Euro model is more progressive with several cold storms rolling across the Pacific Northwest under a cool NW flow, while the GFS model is less progressive, keeping the jet stream just north of us. Either way, I would plan to keep the umbrella handy. No signs of any warm weather in the next 7+ days. Welcome to spring in the Pacific Northwest! Off, on, off, on… Rinse and repeat!
Steve Pierce, President
Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
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