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Driest Start To The Year On Record

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CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JUSTIN STAPLETON’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Does it feel like the usual wet spring just hasn’t been here this year? Well, you’re right- we’ve only seen 6.54″ of rainfall since January 1st. That’s less than 33% of our normal amount of just more than 20″ of rainfall seen usually by this time of year. In fact, we just broke the all-time record for the driest start to the year, going all the way back to 1892! If you want to see the other all-time parched starts to Oregon’s year, click here: Record Dry Starts (NWS)

Tomorrow and for the rest of the week and weekend, high pressure aloft will shift north and east, sitting right on top of the Northwest. Also, the warm air drawn in from California (the thermal trough) will move quickly across Western Oregon.  That will mean another round of early summer-like weather for us starting Thursday through most of the weekend. Highs will climb to the mid and upper 70s to near 80 by Friday and should hold sunny and very warm through the weekend. Spots in the Umpqua may again climb into the mid 80s this weekend!

A cut-off low meanders into California by next week and is looking more and more like it’ll play into our weather by next Tuesday and Wednesday. What that will mean is probably some bands breaking off the low, bringing some thicker clouds and some triggers for isolated thunderstorms early in the week. We’ll watch where they’ll set up but its looking like more and more we’ll be dealing with some boomers next week.

Have a great Thursday!

Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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