Monday September 28


Summer-like pattern will dominate this week.  Java time.
A large high pressure ridge is firmly positioned over the western United States, resulting in plenty of summer-like weather for several days.  Winds from the NE will continue to challenge CA fire fighting efforts, but they will die down in a day or two.  Similar for wind in the PNW.  Temperatures will range in the 70s-low 80s in most locations.  The dry pattern is likely to hold through the coming weekend.  
The rain we expected early next week is now delayed by the models.  It could arrive Thu Oct 8 or be held back by the high pressure ridge until Sunday Oct 11 or so.  Either way, pleasant weather conditions, as forecast, will reign long enough for the fall crop harvests to be completed.  For now, we’ll report that measurable rainfall should return before the middle of October.  
Topical Tropical:  interesting charting of a tropical system moving into the Gulf of Mexico next week that will have hurricane potential.  We script ‘interesting’ because the storm may literally ‘wander around’ in the Gulf for a few days — no consistent directional steering winds — so it could head toward TX, then shift toward FL, or just the opposite.  Yeah, yeah, we know - why bring it up?  Because we can.  hehehe
Third Cup:  Patrons in northern WA - esp east of the Cascades - are encouraged to take a look at the northern sky tonight to get a chance-to-glance at the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights).  Powerful solar winds last weekend will create that potential.  Also, for the next several nights (esp Oct 6), Mars will be one of the brightest starlike objects in the night sky - east sky after sunset; west sky at dawn (yes, reddish hew) - because it will be closer to Earth than it will for another 15 years.
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Rufus La Lone

Rufus graduated with honors in Biology from California State University Humboldt and completed a Master’s degree in Entomology at Oregon State University.

Beginning in 1979, Rufus has focused on developing environmentally sound management programs for insects on small fruits and stored grain products.

Since the early part of his scientific career, Rufus has been an advocate for the practical application of meteorology in the life sciences. For nearly 30 years, he has prepared weather forecasts for friends and colleagues. In 1994, Rufus initiated his virtual Weather Café®.

The Weather Cafe® provides uniquely informative long-range forecasts for specific patrons in the Pacific Northwest. It is a free service for patrons from British Columbia to northern California.

In the spring of 2005, the Council of the American Meteorological Society elected Rufus as a full member of the Society – a long time personal goal.