Monday August 3

Out of the Ordinary?
Plenty of sunshine due for the first half of August.  The second half is charting out of the ordinary, really?
Pleasant-to-rather warm for the first 3 days this week.  Sometime on Thu, a weak cold front may drape over the NW of our region, ushering in clouds and the possibility for a few showers.  Areas south of Portland and the east side may only get a few morning clouds.  The coming weekend is looking dry & quite mild in the temperature dept.  Onshore flow should be well established, tapping summer highs down a step below average.  We’ll see, as models have been bouncing around with the weekend weather outlook.  The week of Aug 10-14 will be WARM, with temperatures ramping back up to seasonal.  Still dry.  
Now the interesting period.  Various model solutions for Aug 15-21 have been charting   Sip.  What has caught our attention is the upper-level wind pattern charting for that time frame — it takes on a fall-like hue.  Were that to verify, the second half of August would turn cool & DAMP, esp for NW OR and western WA (yes, BC Patrons, too).  Cold flow from over the Chukchi Sea may pool over the Gulf of Alaska, setting up several cold fronts - with periods of precipitation - for the northern 1/2 of the PNW.  Of course, this could end up simply being virtual spilt coffee, meaning nothing unusual takes place and classic summer warmth & dry conditions continue through the 3rd week of August.  Another, ‘we’ll see’.
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-Abraham Lincoln while in Milwaukee, 1859
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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.