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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PENDLETON OR
850 PM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

.UPDATE...HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT WILL REMAIN IN CONTROL OF THE WEATHER
FOR ONE MORE DAY OVER THE REGION WITH VERY HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS.
TEMPERATURES ARE ONCE AGAIN EXPECTED TO REACH AND/OR EXCEED THE
CENTURY MARK FOR THE LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN...NORTHERN BLUE MOUNTAIN
FOOTHILLS AND SURROUNDING VALLEYS. IN THE MOUNTAINS EXPECT VERY WARM
TEMPERATURES IN THE 80S AND 90S. THERE MAY BE SOME MID LEVEL
MOISTURE WORKING ITS WAY NORTHWARD INTO CENTRAL OREGON SUNDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR POSSIBLE LATE DAY AND EARLY EVENING
THUNDERSTORMS...WHICH MAY POSSIBLY MOVE NORTH ALONG THE CASCADE EAST
SLOPES. ON MONDAY AN UPPER TROUGH WILL BEGIN TO MOVE INTO THE REGION
BRINGING A COOLING TREND...A BETTER CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG WITH INCREASING WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS. THIS
WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK. 88

&&

.AVIATION...06Z TAFS...VFR CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE NEXT
24 HOURS. THERE MAY BE AN INCREASE IN WIND AT KDLS...KRDM AND KBDN
SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...OTHERWISE WINDS WILL BE LIGHT. 88

&&

.FIRE WEATHER DISCUSSION...UPPER LEVEL RIDGE REMAINS CENTERED OVER
THE AREA THROUGH SUNDAY. THE AIRMASS IS VERY DRY AND HUMIDITIES WILL
REMAIN LOW. MINIMUM RH VALUES DURING THE DAY WILL BE 5-20 PERCENT
FOR MOST LOCATIONS. RECOVERIES AT NIGHT WILL ALSO BE POOR. HAINES
INDEX VALUES WILL BE 5/6 ON SUNDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL BE WELL ABOVE
NORMAL WITH HIGHS IN THE 90S TO NEAR 105. AS SUCH THE RED FLAG
WARNING FOR OREGON/WASHINGTON ZONES 639...640 AND WASHINGTON 643 HAS
BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 9 PM SUNDAY. MOISTURE MOVING INTO THE REGION
FROM THE SOUTH MAY GENERATE A FEW THUNDERSTORMS LATE SUNDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH MOVING INTO THE PACIFIC
NORTHWEST MONDAY WILL START A COOLING TREND WHICH WILL CONTINUE INTO
MID WEEK. HUMIDITIES WILL BEGIN TO RISE. WESTERLY WINDS WILL
INCREASE SOME MONDAY AS THE TROUGH MOVES INTO THE AREA.

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 448 PM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015/

SHORT TERM...TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY. HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES TO
DOMINATE THE AREAS WEATHER WITH DRY CONDITIONS AND ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPS. AFTERNOON HIGHS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN AROUND THE CENTURY
MARK INTO SUNDAY AND THE HEAT ADVISORY WILL CONTINUE FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE WEEKEND MAINLY OVER AND NEAR THE COLUMBIA BASIN.

MEANWHILE MOISTURE WAS MOVING INTO CENTRAL OREGON AND THE JOHN DAY
HIGHLANDS WHICH COULD PRODUCE ISOLD TSRA INTO THIS EVENING. AS THE
HIGH PRESSURE SLOWLY SLIPS EAST...ADDITIONAL MOISTURE WILL MOVE
NORTH AND THE AREA OF TSRA WILL EXPAND TO INCLUDE THE WA/OR CASCADES
SUNDAY NIGHT. THIS AREA OF PCPN ARE EXPECTED TO MIGRATE EASTWARD
INTO THE REMAINDER OF OUR AREA MONDAY. AFTN TEMPS WILL ONLY CLIMB
INTO THE 90S ON MONDAY BUT WILL STILL REMAIN ABOVE NORMAL. A WEAK
DISTURBANCE WILL ACCOMPANY THE MOISTURE AND WILL INCREASE PCPN
CHANCES OVER THE JOHN DAY HIGHLANDS ALONG WITH THE BLUE/WALLOWA MTNS
MONDAY NIGHT. AS THE DISTURBANCE AND BULK OF THE MOISTURE DRIFTS
AWAY FROM THE TWO STATE AREA...DRIER CONDITIONS WILL ADVECT INTO THE
REGION ON TUESDAY. HOWEVER LINGERING MOISTURE WILL COMBINE WITH
DAYTIME HEATING TO PRODUCE ISOLD TSRA OVER CENTRAL OREGON AND
BLUE/WALLOWA MTNS TUESDAY AFTN.

LONG TERM...TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT...THE LONG TERM
STARTS OFF WITH A CHANCE OF LINGERING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
MAINLY OVER THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN MOUNTAINS AS AN UPPER LEVEL
DISTURBANCE MOVES EASTWARD THROUGH THE AREA TUESDAY NIGHT. THE
LATEST GUIDANCE IS NOW IN MUCH BETTER AGREEMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF
THE EXTENDED PERIOD...WHICH ALLOWS FOR A HIGHER CONFIDENCE FORECAST.
HEADING INTO WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY A POTENT UPPER TROUGH/LOW IS
FORECAST TO DROP THROUGH CENTRAL B.C. AND INTO SOUTHERN ALBERTA
LEAVING OUR CWA ON THE DRIER SOUTHERN SIDE OF THE SYSTEM UNDER A
WEST TO NORTHWEST FLOW. THEREFORE LOWERED POPS TO SLIGHT CHANCE OR
LESS OVER THE FORECAST AREA DURING THIS TIME...AS MUCH OF THE REGION
IS NOW LOOKING LIKELY TO STAY DRY. CONDITIONS MAY ALSO TURN BREEZY
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH WESTERLY WINDS BETWEEN 10-20
KTS WITH HIGHER GUSTS POSSIBLE. ON FRIDAY THE LATEST GUIDANCE IS
INDICATING A TRANSIENT UPPER LEVEL RIDGE WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE
AREA...HELPING TO CONTINUE THE DRY AND SEASONABLE WEATHER. FRIDAY
NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH BEGINS TO DEVELOP
OVER THE INTERIOR PACNW...AND THIS COMBINED WITH INCREASING MOISTURE
ON A SOUTHERLY FLOW WILL LEAD TO CHANCES OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS OVER PARTS OF THE REGION.

TEMPERATURES FOR WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY ARE EXPECTED TO BE MUCH
COOLER THAN WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING RECENTLY...BUT STILL NEAR TO
SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE EACH DAY. THIS TRANSLATES INTO HIGH
TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 80S TO LOWER 90S IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS
WITH MAINLY 70S TO LOW 80S IN THE MOUNTAINS. OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL BE
IN THE 50S TO LOWER 60S FOR THE VALLEYS/BASINS WITH 40S IN THE
MOUNTAINS MOST NIGHTS. 77

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
PDT  64 101  69  96 /   0  10  10  20
ALW  70 102  73  95 /   0  10  10  20
PSC  62 104  69  98 /   0   0  10  20
YKM  64 100  68  94 /   0   0   0  20
HRI  62 103  69  96 /   0   0  10  20
ELN  62 101  65  94 /   0   0   0  20
RDM  57  98  59  88 /  10  20  20  30
LGD  55  99  55  90 /  10  10  10  20
GCD  56 101  60  92 /  10  10  20  30
DLS  66 101  71  96 /   0  10  20  20

&&

.PDT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
OR...RED FLAG WARNING UNTIL 9 PM PDT SUNDAY FOR ORZ639-641.

     HEAT ADVISORY UNTIL 9 PM PDT SUNDAY FOR ORZ041-044-507.

WA...RED FLAG WARNING UNTIL 9 PM PDT SUNDAY FOR WAZ639-641-643.

     HEAT ADVISORY UNTIL 9 PM PDT SUNDAY FOR WAZ024-027>029.

&&

FOR ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION, CHECK OUR WEB SITE AT...
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PENDLETON

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