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Altoona, Pennsylvania to Eugene, Oregon

I’m back everybody! I spent a fortnight over in Ireland, which was my first ever trip across the pond. The weather was stereotypically Irish the first half of the trip, but the last 4-5 days were just SPECTACULAR. Lots of sun, few clouds, no rain, upper 50’s to low 60s. Gorgeous weather for my tour across the country. Meanwhile, back here in the states, I get back into the swing of things with a cross-country road trip, from PA to Oregon. In Ireland, it literally was a 2.5 hour drive to drive across the country. This trip… is going to take 5 full days to traverse the 2,674 miles. Ireland is the size of South Carolina! Well, time to get a move on…


We start out heading west from Altoona past Pittsburgh into northeastern Ohio. A cloudy morning is expected before breaking up some during the late morning hours. Dry weather is expected as we continue past Cleveland and along I-90 into northern Indiana. By early afternoon, we’ll see some shower activity as an area of low pressure works its way into the Ohio Valley. We could see some isolated thunderstorm activity as well, but the worst of things will remain far off to the south. Shower activity is expected to increase as we push into Joliet, IL for the night.


There could be a light rain/snow mix as we start the day heading westward, but we’ll quickly get out of that activity as high pressure is sitting over the Plains. Clouds will eventually give way to sunny skies as we make our way through Iowa, and with the dry weather expected throughout the day, a fairly easy day is expected as we pull into Lincoln, NE for the night.


It’s going to be more of the same today as a ridge of high pressure continues to control the Plains for our trip westward into Wyoming. A developing low pressure system over the Northern Plains will cause some gusty southerly winds in western Nebraska into eastern Wyoming, but dry weather is expected throughout the day once again. We end our long day in Rawlins, WY.


A cold front is sweeping its way through the Rockies today, which will bring some rain showers to our route as we make our way through southwestern WY into Northern UT. The system will be warm enough that we shouldn’t have to worry about snowfall on the highways, though there could be some in the much higher mountain elevations. Once we get past Salt Lake City/Odgen, UT, most of the activity should have shifted off to our east. We can’t completely rule out a stray shower or two as we push into southern ID, but shouldn’t be of much consequence. We finish the day in Twin Falls, ID. Almost there!


Our final day, and it’s going to be a long one. We’ll take I-84 northwest towards Boise, then eventually on Hwy 20 westward throughout Oregon. High pressure is pushing through the Pacific Northwest, so it should be a dry trip through Idaho and into eastern Oregon. Clouds will be on the increase as we push closer to our final stop, as a cold front looks to shift towards the WA/OR coastline late in the day. We should get to Eugene just ahead of the front’s arrival, but don’t be surprised if a few rain showers are there to greet us.

But how hot is it?

Eugene didn’t fit the trend that the middle of the country saw. While it was cool in the Plains, it reached 100 degrees in Eugene on Saturday, but a Pacific flow moved into the region and knocked temperatures down a solid 13 degrees.In the relatively dry west, this was downright comfortable. The winners only claimed their victory by a degree, so Forecast.io and The Weather Channel, co-champs, were far less comfortable than residents of Eugene.
Actuals: Saturday – High 100, Low 59, Low 87
Sunday – High 87, Low 52

Grade: B-C

Eugene, Oregon

We’ve rightly been worried about the flooding across the southern US, and particularly around Louisiana, but a dangerous heatwave is pounding the west coast. Is there any relief in sight for Eugene?

At 754PM, PT, Eugene was reporting a temperature of 92 degrees with clear skies. The western Cascade ridge was particularly warm, even at this late hour, thanks in part to a northerly flow that was leading to warm downsloping, but mostly to a strong ridge dominating the coast.
There are heat advisories in place over western Washington and Oregon, and there is no hope that it will diminish any time soon. There will be a bit of a marine layer expected to set up late on Sunday, which may provide some relief along the coast, but Eugene, further inland, will continue to swelter.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 99, Low 58
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 90, Low 56

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny. Record high temperatures expected, High 101, Low 60
Sunday – Sunny. High 90, Low 55

AW: Tomorrow – Very hot with blazing sunshine; extreme heat can be dangerous for outdoor activities High 99, Low 53
Sunday – Mostly sunny and very warm High 90, Low 53

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny and hot, High 100, Low 65
Sunday – Sunny High 90, Low 59

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 99, Low 62
Sunday – Sunny, High 87, Low 57

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 100, Low 64
Sunday – Mostly sunny, High 90, Low 59

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 101, Low 61
Sunday – Clear throughout the day. High 85, Low, 55

A change in flow really threatens to bring temperatures down on Sunday. Take a look at how hot it will get tomorrow, though.


Putting the Accu back in Accuweather

A couple week ago, Anthony put together a good forecast for Eugene. Accuweather, on the other hand, put together an exemplary forecast for Eugene. They missed on the low on Friday the 15th by one degree, and then they pegged every other verifying time. That’s impressive. Naturally, they got the win, .
Actuals: Friday (7/15) – High 80, Low 48
Saturday – High 78, Low 54

Grade: A-B

Eugene, Oregon

Today we head west to the city best known for the Oregon Ducks, Eugene! What weather wackiness will we encounter as we to the only state west of the Mississippi that I haven’t personally been to yet?

At 605pm PDT, the temperature at Eugene, OR was 84 degrees under fair skies. A ridge of high pressure is found over the Western US as a weak upper-level low rides over it over far southern British Columbia into Alberta. The system will continue towards the Northern Plains over the next couple of days, with any affects from it completely bypassing the Eugene area. If anything, a cold front of sorts (albeit weak), will bring down temps a bit as we head into the weekend, but otherwise, the conditions look to be very pleasant as we round out the workweek!

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 78, Low 49.
Saturday: Clouds in the morning, breaking up some in afternoon. High 77, Low 54.

TWC: Friday: Sunny. High 79, Low 51.
Saturday: Morning clouds, afternoon sun. High 79, Low 53.

AW: Friday: Partly sunny and nice. High 80, Low 49.
Saturday: Low clouds, then some sun. High 78, Low 54.

NWS: Friday: Sunny. High 78, Low 51.
Saturday: Morning clouds, decreasing in afternoon. High 77, Low 54.

WB: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 80, Low 53.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 80, Low 56.

WN: Friday: Mostly sunny. High 77, Low 52.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 77, Low 55.

FIO: Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning. High 82, Low 51.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 76, Low 55.

Skies are pretty clear over Western Oregon this evening, with some broken cloud cover found a decent ways out over the Pacific. Looks like a nice weekend is in store!


Soaking in Eugene

As predicted, it was a pretty soggy ending to the week in Eugene. Showers on both days totaled nearly 1/3″ of rain, which doesn’t seem like much really when you consider how wet this winter has been in the region. It screwed up the temperature forecasts as well, with low temps vastly lower than anticipated. Weather Channel and Accuweather tied for the “win”, which really isn’t saying much today.

Thursday: 0.21″ of rain. High 59, Low 37.
Friday: 0.11″ of rain. High 52, Low 35.
Forecast Grade: D-F

Eugene, Oregon

The west coast is where things are happening this month. How crazy is it in Oregon this evening?

At 657PM, PT Eugene was reporting a temperature of 59 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The higher terrain near the Cascades was in relatively good shape, but the further to the west and north you went from Eugene, the stronger winds became and the more prevalent rain is. There are high wind warnings along the coast and even hurricane strength wind advisories just offshore. As nearby as Newport, a south wind gusting to 40mph was being reported with a chilly rain.
This is all in response to a strong area of low pressure moving into the Pacific Northwest. There is good upper level support, but a jet that presently terminates just west of the shoreline will elongate and extend towards British Columbia, steering and distending the center of low pressure. This will allow the associated cold front to stall over western Oregon tomorrow. After the boundary breaks down a bit, there will be clearing for Friday morning, but an eddy within the broader jet will move towards Northern California and may produce a few more showers in the afternoon.
Tomorrow – Steady rain through the day, High 57, Low 48
Friday – Chance of showers later in the day, High 54, Low 42

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy with occasional rain showers, High 57, Low 46
Friday – Cloudy with showers, High 53, low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy and windy with a couple of showers High 57, Low 47
Friday – Cloudy with occasional rain High 54, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – Rain likely before 10am, then showers likely, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Partly sunny, High 55, Low 46
Friday – Rain likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, High 52, Low 40

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. Rain likely in the morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon. High 57, Low 46
Friday – Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. High 54. Low 40

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Light Rain Likely High 55, Low 46
Friday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 54, Low 41

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain until evening. High 59, Low 45
Friday – Light rain throughout the day. High 59, Low 42

Looks pretty gross. It won’t be nearly as much rain as they are seeing in the southern US, but enough to ruin outdoor plans. Here is the scene on radar right now.

Clear skies, muddied forecasts

Eugene had the opportunity to do something that it rarely does. IT felt the effects of atmospheric radiating at the hands of clear skies on Monday in particular, but also to a lesser degree on Tuesday morning. Naturally, this isn’t the way that Eugene, notoriously cloudy, typically behaves. As a result, most forecasts were far too conservative with their temperature spreads, particularly on Monday, where nobody anticipated the 70 degrees they saw. Accuweather was the best of the forecasters on this occasion, though by and large, forecast highs were too cool, and forecast lows were too warm.
Actuals: Monday – High 70, Low 31
Tuesday – High 64, Low 34

Grade: C-D

Eugene, Oregon

It feels as though it’s been some time since we enjoyed a West Coast forecast, but that’s exactly what we have today. It’s been a warm winter, will it continue into March?

At 454PM, PT, Euguene was reporting a temperature of 64 with sunny skies. The majority of interior Oregon was sitting in the 60s or low 70z as the state found itself under a fast thermal ridge, which continues to dominate the West Coast.
The surface and the thermal ridge will maintain their hold over Oregon through most of the period. There will be a slight breakdown of the feature late in the day on Tuesday as a stronger jet will move to lie just off the coast of northern California. There may be a bit of moisture arriving inland after sunset Tuesday night, including a bit of precipitation in the Cascades, but Eugene should stay dry.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 65, Low 39
Tuesday – Increasing clouds, High 66, low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 68, Low 37
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy, High 65, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and mild High 66, Low 34
Tuesday – Sun and areas of high clouds High 63, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, High 64, Low 36
Tuesday – Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, (rain after 5pm) High 62, low 39

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning…Then mostly sunny. Patchy morning fog. High 64, Low 37
Tuesday – Partly sunny. Patchy morning fog. High 62, Low 39

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny with Areas of Fog High 64, Low 36
Tuesday – Mostly Cloudy with Patchy Fog High 63, Low 39

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning. High 65, Low 40
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 65, Low 42

The sun will be out in western Oregon for the next couple of days. It’s not often you can say that. Take a look at the visible satllite, showing the Pacific Northwest to be free and clear.

Unusual for Eugene

Eugene, no matter the time of year, is apt to have some sort of moist flow slamming into the Cascades, bringing low clouds and some rain to the city. It means pretty stable temperatures, though with dreary conditions. This was not the case the past couple of days as light flow and dry air led to fluctuating temperatures and sunny skies. Victoria Weather most ably provided the good news to Eugene.
Actuals: Saturday, High 79, Low 38
Sunday, High 83, Low 41

Grade: B