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Dry Start to 2013 Continues

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METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Today’s the 8th of February and generally by this point in the month we would have seen 1.36 inches of rainfall, but we’re topping out at just .55″ on the month. We generally see about .20″ per day in early February, but with the lack of rainfall so far this year, we’re sitting at 5.79″ below average for the water year which begins 10/1. We’re not going to see much more rain this week either.

We’ve got two chances to see rain in the next seven days, and both are pretty bleak. Yesterday’s storm is long gone and high pressure is beginning to move into the Pacific Northwest, but it’s going to be a slow transition. As the jet stream moves back north, a weak disturbance will pass through western Oregon Saturday and we could see a few light showers. It will otherwise be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s and lows in the low to mid 30s.

The ridge of high pressure will be in full force Sunday and this will keep us dry through Tuesday. At least some fog will form in the valley each morning, but should break for sunny afternoons. It will also be on the cool side. Highs will stay in the  mid 40s with lows in the low 30s.

The next shot of rain comes Wednesday when another weak disturbance moves through.

Have a great weekend!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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