Monday February 8
Models since late January hinted that February would be a wet, stormy, seasonal month. Well, that outlook has all but dried up. The trend toward a drier pattern started last week, and continues to show on the charts. As a result, a much drier forecast overall during the next 2-3 weeks is likely. Oh sure, there will be some showers for OR and even steady rain at times over Vancouver Is. the far NW corner of WA, but the general pattern for the entire west coast will be drier than we'd hoped for.
Details. High pressure, centered over ID & NV, will kick-up winds for CA and through the Columbia Gorge for the early part of this week. This minimizes fog in valley locations. Some showers may break through, esp over western WA overnight Wed into Thu, keeping much of OR and all of ID, CA dry. Western OR could get some precip, although not heavy, during the first half of the weekend ahead. Maybe.