Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pendleton OR
249 AM PDT Sun Jul 23 2017

.SHORT TERM...Today through Tuesday night. A dry westerly flow
aloft remains over the forecast area today with sunny skies.
Temperatures should be 2-5 degrees warmer than yesterday with 90s
to near 100. Surface gradients increase today and will result in
locally breezy winds by afternoon. An upper low continues to move
toward the northern California coast. This will bring some
instability to central Oregon with cumulus buildups expected in
the afternoon. May see a few late afternoon or evening
thunderstorms along the Cascades into central Oregon. The low
remains stationary just off the California coast on Monday blocked
by strong high pressure inland. A slight chance of thunderstorms
over central and northeast Oregon. Further to the north another
sunny and warm day with temperatures in the low to mid 90s. The
low moves slowly into northern California on Tuesday. This will
push clouds a bit further north into the forecast area. Overall
the showers and thunderstorms should remain confined to central
and northeast Oregon. 94

.LONG TERM...Wednesday through Saturday...Models are in good
agreement showing a mid/upper level trough moving NE across central
and NE Oregon during the day on Wednesday. Attendant mid level
moisture and elevated instability ahead of the negatively tilted
trough axis combined with dynamic lift associated with the trough
will trigger some thunderstorm activity in central and east
central Oregon prior to daybreak on Wednesday. Then from daybreak
through Wednesday afternoon into the evening conditions will
continue to favor showers and thunderstorms from central Oregon
across the Blue Mountains and Wallowa County. The trough then
exits far NE Oregon by late Wednesday evening resulting in showers
and isolated thunderstorms tapering off and ending in far NE
Oregon by midnight. Thursday a drier southwest flow aloft sets up
over the Pacific northwest, which then continues through to
provide dry conditions through Saturday. High temperatures on
Wednesday in the lowlands will be in the upper 80s to upper 90s.
Highs temps will be a tad cooler Thursday through Saturday with
highs in the mid 80s to mid 90s. Polan

.FIRE WEATHER...Expect breezy conditions to develop Sunday
afternoon across the Columbia Gorge/Basin. RH values will remain
too high in the Gorge, with winds too low in the Basin for a Red
Flag Warning. Will highlight the threat in the Fire Weather
Planning Forecast. The most significant fire weather concern will
be thunderstorm potential Sunday Night through midweek. Models
have not shown very good run to run continuity, with the latest
models showing the upper low digging further south offshore
northern CA by Monday, lingering there through Tuesday, then
ejecting northeast on Wednesday. This solution will likely result
in the greatest deep layer moisture and instability remaining
south of Central Oregon through Tuesday. Will retain slight
chances of thunderstorms for most of Central Oregon, with low end
chances for Monday afternoon for fire weather zones 611 and 642.

&&

.AVIATION...12Z TAFs...VFR conditions will prevail at all TAF sites
for the next 24 hours. There may be a late day or evening shower or
thunderstorm over the east slopes of the Cascades in central Oregon;
however, not expecting showers/thunderstorms at KRDM and KBDN.
Elsewhere, it will remain dry. Winds will increase to 5-15 kts
mainly from the northwest this afternoon and evening.  Polan

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
PDT  97  62  91  61 /   0   0   0   0
ALW  99  65  93  64 /   0   0   0   0
PSC 100  64  94  60 /   0   0   0   0
YKM  97  61  93  61 /   0   0   0   0
HRI  98  64  94  61 /   0   0   0   0
ELN  90  57  89  58 /   0   0   0   0
RDM  94  57  89  56 /   0  20  10  20
LGD  94  58  89  55 /   0  10  10  10
GCD  95  61  92  58 /   0  20  20  20
DLS  93  64  94  63 /   0   0   0   0

&&

.PDT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
OR...None.
WA...None.
&&

$$

94/99/99



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