Cool Running

Posted by Rufus La Lone on

Friday July 1
The classic holiday weekend has arrived.  The weather will be ’so so’, depending on your location.  Here’s our take.
Mild conditions will continue today & Saturday.  After the morning clouds burn off, the sun will warm us into the 70s & lower 80s.  A weak trough of Low pressure will set up off the southern OR coast, and as such, will trigger mountain showers & thunderstorms, moving up from the south.  Most of the showers will be confined to the Cascades (campers be prepared); however, a few are possible west side Sunday / Monday.  Overall, a mostly dry weekend.  Temperatures will cool down on Sunday & on the 4th.  Have a sweater handy for firework displays.  Patrons in the far NW corner of WA and southern BC should get a bit more rainfall, although the heavy downpours depicted on the charts earlier are less likely.  Not perfect holiday wx, but far better than some in the past.
Next week will also be mild with an onshore breeze returning late in the period.  The weekend of July 8,9 looks dry & unseasonably COOL, as the onshore breeze picks up another notch along with a weak trough moving overhead.  
Short Heat Up: the next warm-to-hot period is charting for 2 days, Mon & Tue July 11,12.  Not as hot as the last heat period, but the warmest since.  No worries, as temps will drop back down again by Wed the 13th, when yet another marine push of onshore breezes return.  That cool July pattern will hold on through the weekend of July 16,17.  
One reason the onshore flows are tapping down temps so much this summer is because the sea surface temperatures in the Eastern Pacific are below normal.  Air flowing across that coolness keep the PNW, esp west side, very mild.  
From the ’net: “I grew up with Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.  Now there are no jobs, no cash, and no hope.”   A bit too pessimistic, but a decent giggle line.  
Enjoy the holiday.  There will be an update here on Monday the 4th.
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