Dry Stretch Possible

Posted by Rufus La Lone on

Friday April 22 - Earth Day
A relatively long stretch of dry, warm weather could be on the way - in May.  Dare we believe?  Mug up and take a peek.
The current weekend promises to be the warmest in many days, with temperatures climbing into the 60s for most west side locations.  Clouds may increase over Vancouver Island & the Puget Sound area later on Sunday, but all-in-all, a decent, get outdoors weekend is on tap.  Conditions will change soon.
Next week is trending cooler again, with showers just about everywhere in the PNW at some point.  Cold air aloft, along with sun breaks will cause lift and some intense showers to form.  For Patrons in far eastern OR, WA and ID - be ready for potentially heavy downpours on Tue.  While a late Spring frost is not likely west side, chances are elevated for near freezing temps overnight next week west side and possible frost east side, if the sky clears.  It will be close Thu, Fri & Sat mornings, Apr 28,29,30.
The weekend of Apr 30 - May 1 is trending as a turning point — hurray!  A weak, fast moving surface Low is charting to clip the west side of OR & WA on Sunday, May 1, although it should be primarily a cloud event, not rain.  Furthermore, with the weak Low tracking west of WA coast, the resulting warmer SW flow will usher in another decent, warm weekend.  But wait, there’s more —
The good news.  A summer-like High pressure ridge building north out of CA is modeled to dominate Mon - Wed, May 2-4.  If so, temperatures will pop into the upper 70s, and quite possibly the lower 80s, for much of the PNW.  Finally.  (Yes, there are model solutions that either bring rain back early that week or that keep the dry, warm stretch lasting will into the weekend of May 7,8.)  For now, we should plan on finally getting an adequate stretch of warm, dry weather to get crop work accomplished.  We need normal May weather.  
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