METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
We’re getting back to dry weather today…but it was 30 straight hours of rain from Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon. Eugene picked up .96″ of rain with this storm, which is more than any other storm in 2013. In fact, to find that much rain with one storm you have to go all the way back to mid December!
January was the third driest January on record for Eugene. We only had 1.35 inches of rain for the entire month, which was 5.52 inches below average. February was also very dry with just 1.61 inches (3.82 inches below average).
March started off on a dry note as well. Typically this time of year we see about .19 inches of rain per day. That has obviously not been the case this year with just .02 inches total for the month before this storm.
Although we did make up some ground Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll continue to fall back into a rainfall debt for the next five days.
This storm is headed south today and clear skies have returned to most of western Oregon. Overnight lows dropped to the upper 20s this morning and some patchy fog formed in the valley. Today will be mostly sunny and mostly dry, but later today we could see an isolated shower pop up between 3 and 9 p.m. Highs will stay in the low 50s.
With mostly clear skies tonight it’ll be back down to the low 30s. Friday will likely start out foggy, but finish sunny. Highs will climb to the low 50s.
High pressure will return this weekend, which means even sunnier, drier and warmer weather will move in. Highs will climb to the mid to upper 50s Saturday and Sunday. (It’ll be low 60s for the Umpqua Basin, mid 50s for the Coast and mid 40s for the ski resorts).
The next series of storms is lined up for Monday through Wednesday. Although nothing that impressive is forming as of now.
Have a great Thursday!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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