Our forecast today will be in a part of the world that has recently been in the news, though it isn’t often. Let’s go to Bend.
At 715PM, PT, Bend was reporting a temperature of 41 degrees with mostly clear skies. The lee of the Oregon Cascades appeared to be the only place in the Pacific Northwest to see stars tonight, with thick overcast and fog settling into the ridgeline to the west, and a few scattered showers populating the Yakima Valley to the north.
Unlike the dramatically long waved pattern across much of the rest of the country, there is a shorter wave getting ready to landfall in the Pacific Northwest. The low clouds and shower activity were both in conjunction with a weak surface warm front ahead of the stronger system, still over the Gulf of Alaska. Westerly flow will continue to drive moisture into the Cascades for the next two days, even as the surface cyclone wanes. The upper level trough will move inland late tomorrow, and while good orgaization is not likely at the surface, this is the time that the chance for rain in Bend will become likely. The threat will be shortlived, though, as the wave is short enough that quick progression is expected, and after a few showers late on Friday, a ridge will filter back in for Saturday morning.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds with some late showers, High 59, Low 38
Saturday – Clearing and cooler, High 50, Low 32
TWC: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine, High 55, Low 38
Saturday – A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy latter in the day, High 52, Low 33
AW: Tomorrow – Considerable cloudiness and mild with a shower in the area High 55, Low 38
Saturday – Times of clouds and sun High 50, Low 28
NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, high 55, Low 38
Saturday – Partly sunny (early mix/late rain) High 49, Low 34
WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. High 53, Low 37
Saturday – Mostly cloudy a chance of snow showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. High 47, Low 33
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy with Isolated Showers High 55, Low 37
Saturday – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 50, Low 34
FIO: Tomorrow – Drizzle in the afternoon. High 57, Low 35
Saturday – Light rain overnight. High 50, Low 32
Interesting to see what the opinions are on the rain in Bend. We’ll see how it plays out, but for now, the only showers are in Washington.