Whining & Patience

Posted by Rufus La Lone on

Friday June 17
Wow, has this month been a test of patience in waiting for dry conditions or what??  What looked to be a dry, warm Fri has started out dripping, drenching wet for western OR.  Trusting the weather models is as silly as trusting a politician these days.  Enough whining — read on, if you dare, for what the outlook is this time.  Got your Mug?
Heavy band of rain moving from south-to-north (Portland just about to get hammered!) as we write this update.  The culprit is a Low pressure trough off the northern CA / southern OR coast.  Moisture rotating north from that system is bringing on the rain.  A continued mix of sunshine and showers possible well into the weekend.  Temps should remain cool-to-mild.  Patience required for another couple of days, for sure.
Next week will start out mild and turn warmer by mid-week.  Exception?  Yes, Patrons in NW WA and Vancouver Island region will remain under a weak trough Mon & Tue, so expect morning marine clouds, maybe some drizzle and rather cool temps for June.  By Wed, the entire PNW should finally get sunshine and pleasant afternoon temps in the 70s.  Portions of western OR could tease out 80-82 later next week.  It should be mostly DRY all week. 
The last weekend in June is charting as dry & mild.  Temps may get tapped down a few degrees because of an onshore flow but remain pleasant.
The final days of June are trending dry & mild, with temps moving up into the 70s again, if the onshore breeze lightens up a bit..  We do see the possibility for temperatures approaching the upper 90s east side, even a triple-digit shot over the Columbia Basin on June 30th.  
Back to the whining — yep, crazy time to be a long-range forecaster, but hey, the coffee is good.  Seriously, the overall pattern continues to show a transition into summer mode, it just keeps getting delayed like airline travel.  Patience Patron.
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