METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
The first storm of October 2012 has shown up on the models as tracking toward western Oregon. We haven’t seen rain in 14 days and haven’t seen more than a quarter of an inch or rain in 104 days! Generally we would have seen almost a half of an inch of rain at this point in October…but this weekend, that could all change.
The ridge of high pressure that has been blocking the Pacific Northwest from any major storm activity will move east very slowly this week. Tuesday through Thursday we’ll see stronger on-shore flow, bringing in clouds each morning. We’ll continue to see dry days and sunny afternoons, but high temperatures will likely fall to the low 70s while overnight lows stay in the low 40s.
The first chance for rain is Friday afternoon, followed by showers on Saturday and Sunday as well. The exact timing of these storms still has to be worked out, so stay tuned this week for the details, but either way, this weekend should look a lot more like western Oregon fall.
Have a great Monday and enjoy this dry weather while you still can, you’re on borrowed time!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey