Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
2013 was the driest year ever recorded in Eugene and now 2104 is starting off dry as well! We’ve only seen 1.74″ on the month, most of which fell last weekend. Even with that rainfall we’re still nearly two inches below average for the year, and for the water year, we’re over 16 inches below average.
Drought conditions are spreading and now over 75 percent of Oregon is a “Severe Drought”. The U.S. Drought Monitor says this means “that crop or pasture losses likely; water shortages common; water restrictions imposed.” So needless to say, we need the rain!
No rain in the near future though. High pressure is going to stick with us through the end of the week. It’ll weaken slightly for the weekend and then re-form for the first half of next week.
This means another clear, warm day across the Pacific Northwest, with the exception of the valley which will be stuck in the fog. Highs will stay in the upper 30s in the valley, 40s and 50s in the Umpqua, Cascades and Central Oregon and 60s along the coast. Clear skies mean another round of chilly nights for everyone. It’ll be in the low 30s in the valley, mid 30s along the coast and down to the teens and low 20s in Central Oregon.
The warm, dry conditions will unfortunately chip away at the 1-2 feet of snow that fell last weekend at the ski resorts, although Willamette Pass still has two feet and plans to open for the holiday weekend starting Friday!
A weak disturbance will move through this weekend, bringing in extra cloud cover, especially for the coast. I don’t expect any rain with this storm and by Monday we’ll be back to foggy weather in the valley and mostly sunny elsewhere.
Have a great day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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