Yakima, Washington

So much of our attention has been on the center and eastern portion of the country, we will swing out west for this forecast trip.

At 553PM, PT, Yakima was reporting mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 97 degrees. Much of the Yakima Valley and inland Washington and Oregon was baking, while temperatures on the other side of the Cascades were nearly 40 degrees cooler. Regionally, the city of Yakima was the hot spot, thanks to its position in a bowl, susceptible to downsloping from all directions.
High pressure lies under an upper ridge over the western United States, with the monsoon active in the Rockies and semipermanent low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska very weak at the moment. Hot weather is expected again through the day tomorrow and on into Thursday. There will be a little bit of organization over the North Pacific through the day on Thursday, which may bring about a bit more pertinent of a southerly flow, which may actually ebb the temperature by a degree or two.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 98, Low 63
Thursday  – Mostly sunny, a touch breezy, High 95, Low 62

TWC: Tomorrow — Sunny skies High 99, Low 64
Thursday – A mainly sunny sky. High 94, Low 63

AW: Tomorrow – Very hot with the temperature approaching the record of 103 set in 1948 with sizzling sunshine High 99, Low 62
Thursday – Very hot with a full day of sunshine High 93, Low 61

NWS:: Tomorrow – Sunny High 96, Low 66
Thursday – Sunny, High 94, Low 66

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 98, Low 63
Thursday – Sunny,Sunny, High 91, Low 64

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 66
Thursday – Sunny, High 93, Low 66

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 99, Low 64
Thursday – Clear throughout the day.High 91, Low 61

Whoo, is that going to be hot. Here is a look at the satellite, showing onlya few isolated storms popping up over the Cascades.