Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:
It’s officially fall and boy does it look like it! High temperatures Sunday were over 10 degrees below average for most of western Oregon. Monday through Wednesday will be just as chilly. We’ve also see quite a bit of rain over the past 72 hours. The Eugene Airport is up to .77″ since Friday morning.
This wet and chilly weather is not something we’re used to, at least recently. Summer in western Oregon wrapped up warmer than average. This was the second warmest summer on average for Eugene (and the records go back to the late 1800′s). Our warmest temperature this summer was 96°, which we hit 4 times. We were above 90°19 times! The total rain for the entire summer was 3.27″ which isn’t less than normal, but we only had rain 15 out of the 93 days.
We’re going to continue to see rain for the first half of this week. The jet stream is shooting right into western Oregon which will keep the showers going all day Monday. Highs will stay in the mid 60s.
Another area of low pressure will move down the Oregon Coast Tuesday. This will bring in even heavier rainfall and a much cooler air mass. The chilly air will drop the freezing level to about 5,000 feet Tuesday night and to just 4,500 feet Wednesday. This will increase our chances to see a few isolated thunderstorms across western Oregon Tuesday and will bring back snow to the Cascades passes Tuesday night and Wednesday. Showers from this storm will linger into Wednesday for all of western Oregon. Highs will stay in the low 60s in the valley.
Starting Thursday we dry out and should stay dry through the weekend. Highs will climb to the low 70s for Saturday and Sunday!
Have a great start to the week!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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