Justin’s Thursday Night Forecast Discussion
Clouds are starting to move back in signaling the end of our ONE dry day across Western Oregon. We’ll see a cloudy overnight and some patchy fog to start Friday morning, lows also staying a bit above the mid to low 30s like we saw this morning.
Friday will hold more clouds than sun overall because our high pressure ridge is flattening out and a storm brewing in the Central Pacific is sending waves (little storms) at the Northwest. They’re small disturbances but will provide a chance for some light showers on and off on Friday. The clouds will be the thing most everyone deals with, coastal residents also could see times of enhanced drizzle. Highs a bit cooler than Thursday with the cloud cover, in the mid to upper 50s.
The weekend shows more wet weather on tap as the ridge flattens out and the jet stream is pointed right at the Northwest. Showers will be on the increase for both Saturday and Sunday as more moisture is streamed into the region. Duck fans should be prepared for some heavier rain showers with intermittent drizzle at times through gametime. The good news is highs will be warmer, generally back up in the low 60s over the weekend with an injection of warmer air aloft.
Check this out: Early next week we may actually be drier because of Hurricane Sandy slamming into the East Coast. How you say? IF, and there are a lot of questions yet, it hooks up with an arctic upper level trough next week, it should deepen the trough over the eastern US while creating a ridge of high pressure over the Western Rockies. There’s a chance it might block our storms just offshore for a day or two before it breaks down. Who would have thought that a tropical storm bringing flooding on one side of the country could dry out the other? It just might …
Have a great Friday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
I’d love to see any pics or hear about the weather in your area!