Vexing Problem

Posted by Rufus La Lone on

Monday May 9
The lack of an extended dry spell remains our vexing problem here in the PNW.  Is there any relief in sight?  Hint: holding your breath would be unwise at this time.  Mug up.
Today, and to a lesser extent tomorrow, showers will keep popping up around the region as cold air aloft & lift sets off the showers.  There will be nice sun breaks, as well.  FROST risk tonight, esp across the eastern half of the PNW, if the sky clears in your area.  RAIN returns late Wednesday, as another cold front drops in from the NW.  As this week ends, the models project more rain/showers; breezy.  (Note that there are a couple model solutions that tap down the amount of precip and open up more sunshine and warmth this weekend.)  That said, the overall trend is for more rain Fri & Sat.  Sunday could be mostly dry & warmer by a few degrees.  
Next week, May 16-20, presents relatively DRY conditions until sometime on Wed the 18th.  A windy system may arrive, ushering in warmer temps along with lots of rain, unfortunately.  Thu is likely to be damp & windy, too.  Another STRONG (for this time of year) system could arrive late Fri May 20.  This one has the potential to kick-up quite a WIND FIELD, depending on the track of the Low.   Growers using tunnel/hoop production may need to pay attention, as this storm could produce surface winds exceeding 35 mph primarily in the Willamette Valley.  This is NOT a definite, just a heads-up for now.  We will make the effort to keep you posted here by “Special Statements”, if warranted.  Drying out on Sat & Sunday, May 21,22.  Hopefully.
The last full week of May is way out there, but for now, models hint at continued shots of rain/showers, although with notably warmer temperatures.  We’ll see.
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