We find ourselves headed into the same pattern we’ve seen time and time again this summer with an upper-low moving east across Canada shifting the ridge over the nation west. As the ridge shifts west we will once again see well above normal temperatures as we approach the weekend, with Saturday once again being the hottest day of the week with some areas in the Valleys and northern California getting into the triple digits. As the ridge shifts west we will also so clear skies across the region, but before we get to this weekend we have one more weather pattern to get through.
As we head into the next several days we’ll have a shortwave trough move through the region. This will drop temperatures closer to normal through midweek as well as bring a few more clouds into the region. As this system moves through and is replaced with the high pressure ridge we’ll see winds along the coast shift from cool onshore flow (sea breeze) to warm offshore flow (land breeze). Conditions along the coast will clear as offshore flow keeps the marine layer from moving inland. We’ll also see the coast warm up for the same reason with the Brookings area getting into the 70s.
While winds pick up along the coast later this week as the ridge settles in, we’ll see the windy afternoons east of the Cascades start to calm down. This won’t happen until Thursday or Friday though as the ridge starts to nudge in, so expect strong afternoon wind gusts to persist on the eastside for the next several days.
On a side note, the National Weather Service is upgrading their radar to dual polarization! This will greatly improve our ability to see storms, estimate rain totals, and see precipitation type on radar. Needless to say it is very exciting! It should be up and running by the weekend.
Also, this weekend is the Persied Meteor Shower and it looks like the skies will be cooperating!
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Have a great Tuesday!
Meteorologist Megan Parry