Justin’s Tuesday Night Forecast Discussion:
Warm but not overly hot today as some of that Pacific air mass is starting to creep back into the valley with the southwest winds. Staying clear tonight with the exception of the coast where the marine clouds are marching back into place, and lows settling in the upper 40s and low 50s.
High pressure aloft is pushing the jet stream way up into Western Canada for the next few days. That will mean sunny afternoons and dry, warm and breezy conditions. It’ll also keep some of the smoke from the Pole Creek fire hanging into the valley again. Air quality has been in the “Moderate”, less than ideal category, for two days and will likely stay there for a third tomorrow. You can find the latest Air Quality Index from LRAPA here: AQI
For the rest of the week, the winds will switch to an on-shore flow and the morning clouds will be back in the valley. Afternoon sunshine should still be a safe bet but we’ll back off the highs into the low 80s.
The weekend forecast has some question marks courtesy of an area of low pressure developing off the California coast. It’ll drift towards the Southern Oregon coastline by Saturday and may move inland by Sunday. There’s still some questions as to where and when it finally moves inland, but with a southerly wind, may fire up some late weekend thunderstorms in the mountains. Best chance for that will be on Sunday and maybe early Monday.
No rain is expected though for the extended period and that will keep the fire season roaring with High fire conditions for the Willamette and Umpqua national forests, and Extremely dangerous conditions out in Central Oregon, where the Pole Creek fire is burning strong.
Pole Creek Wildfire Update:
The Pole Creek wildfire complex is burning more than 17,500 acres near Sisters. Southwest winds should push the smoke back into the Bend/Redmond area. Residents should expect a poor air quality and smoky conditions. For more information, click here: Pole Creek
Have a great Wednesday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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