A bit warmer…but nice until the end of the month??

It seems hard to believe, but the tornadoes and other severe weather we have seen in Nebraska recently, and our great late spring/early summer weather are part of the same weather system.

The upper low pressure trough in the central Plains, has its extension back to southern California. In Nebraska, the cold air aloft moved over increasingly moist, humid air from the Gulf, combined along with favorable winds through the storms, to produce severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding. Over our area the cool moist air from the Pacific at the low levels has cool dry air above the moist low level marine layer, so we see no storms, just pleasantly cool, with some nighttime and low clouds.

The trough will weaken the next few days as the jet stream begins to take its “summer vacation” into Canada. We will begin to warm up a few degrees, but still close to normal, probably through the end of the month.

Long range models are beginning to suggest that early July may see our first significant heat of the summer.

Jim Purpura
Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Director of Weather Forecasting

purpura@weatherextreme.com

Pleasant for the rest of the Spring!!

Our delightful, “same as it ever was” weather will continue through next Friday. Remember, the first day of Summer is Saturday, June 21st.

Hurricane Cristina, and its Cat 4 hurricane winds, west of Baja California, will stay well to our south. Even more importantly, the moisture will stay well south also.

The National Weather Service has said our weather next week amounts to “variations on a theme”…a bit warmer some days, a bit more morning clouds some days. But near or a bit below normal. No signs of temperatures heating up, in fact maybe a few degrees cooler toward the end of a week as a closed low spins over us. It will be dry though, not much moisture with it.

Have a great weekend…

Jim Purpura
Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Director of Weather Forecasting

purpura@weatherextreme.com

Great Yakima Valley and Mt. Hood Photos

The ridgeline to the Yakima Valley had some pretty buildups.
Below are some amazing images provided to us from Doug Herlihy, Aviation Safety Investigator in Washington.

The first photo shows the ridgeline to the Yakima Valley with some impressive buildups.
The last 4 photos show some sunrise shots looking East and South. The mountain views are Mt. Hood, 100nm SSE

Not Too Much June Gloom

The trend of morning cloudiness and afternoon sunshine looks to continue across southern California. The mild weather will continue.

Looking longer term, the ridge that threaten to bring us much warmer weather doesn’t show up in the long range models around mid-June. (The models might change their mind, however.)

We seem to be locked in this long term pattern with a persistent trough along the west coast. A ridge is building over the southern Plains, typical for this time of year. Most of the storm activity is focused on the central Plains to the Midwest for the next few days.

Recall that last summer, we also started on the very mild side, and the heat followed. Im not seeing that yet, but Im watching…

Jim Purpura
Certified Consulting Meteorologist
Director of Weather Forecasting

purpura@weatherextreme.com