Rufus at the The Weather Café ® hands us brief breaks as we muddle through the puddles. Robin
Monday March 27
A couple short breaks in the series of cool damp systems that have continued in the PNW for months are coming soon. Mind you, not a super long breaks, but encourage Patrons to enjoy before it all falls apart once again. Refill your mug and read on.
This week will not present totally dry, as another increased threat for showers, cool pool of air moves in Tue & Wed esp north of Olympia. Not a whole lot of rain, but enough to keep soils damp and umbrellas opened periodically. OR & ID area will be about 12 hrs behind in when the showers arrive. The backside of the system will usher in cool air, so it will be CHILLY in the morning hours, with a chance for frost possible Thu/Fri mornings, mainly east of the Cascades in areas free of any fog.
As the weekend nears, warmer afternoons will prevail, with April Foul's Day turning out to be one of the warmer Spring days thus far. No joke. That said, by Sunday afternoon, the next cool, damp system may usher in more shower activity across the entire PNW and less sunshine.
As the first week of April gets underway, the second short-break in the wet wx will arrive. Most likely, Mon afternoon thru early Wed, Apr 3-5, should be dry. Enjoy because plenty of moderate-to-heavy rainfall will return by Wed night. Cold & intense showers (even thunderstorm / hail action) will follow a powerful April storm front that will end the week. California will also get hammered by this storm. Freezing levels will drop, so lots of fresh snow in the mountains is expected. That lower freezing level, combined with Spring sun uplift, will contribute to those potentially hail-producing Boomers. The stormy, wet cycle, with breezy conditions, will last about 7 days - Wed night Apr 5 thru Wed Apr 12.
We could get another 2-3 day rain break Thu Apr 13 leading into Sat, TAX DAY. What happened to that 3-4 days of 70+ degree wx we dreamed of in the last update? Gone. Maybe it will pop back into our dreams. Meanwhile, take advantage of the short breaks in The Great Wait for an extended dry period this Spring.
A repeat: "Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears."
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Time to give your nursery the weevil eye and monitor for white pine weevils. This time of year the adult weevils begin to emerge from their overwintering sites in the duff at the base of the plants. They will climb to the tops of hapless spruce trees to lay their eggs in the terminal shoots. Many growers with predictable losses to this pest begin to protect those terminals during this time of the year. For more information and images of white pine weevil check the link below. Robin
Rufus at The Weather Café ® has us parked in the Great Wait. Happiness and joy under the sun is pending. Robin
Friday March 24
No, the tag line has nothing to do with national politics, rather it is the waiting by all of us in the PNW for a decent, extended dry period. Any hope this morning? Let's peek ahead.
Seemingly 324 years ago, we sipped a morning beverage together and discussed the misery of getting precipitation that doesn't seem to end. Oh sure, a 12-18-24 hr break pops in periodically to pacify us while waiting for 3-4 days or more of DRY. As of the latest extended-range outlook, we see a small window of joy that could frame in at the end of next week (Spring Break in OR). Yeah, generally damp from now until then. Read on.
The wet April Foul's Weekend may turn dry & mild with Thu afternoon & Fri Mar 31 thrown in as an added bonus. Keep in mind, there are plenty of model solutions that repeat the wet-dry-wet pattern going on through Foul's Weekend. At least a few dry days are now showing up on the charts.
It looks wet Mon-Wed Apr 3-5. The other helpful break that could develop is after Thu Apr 6. If this one verifies, temps could jump into the upper 70s - lower 80s in the Willamette Valley, as a summer-like ridge of high pressure forms over the west coast and holds for 3-4 days before muggy rain moves into the PNW from the SW around the 10th. (As we like to tease around here: Dare we believe?)
Overall temperatures will be cooler than normal, so Patrons tracking Heat Units (Day Degrees) for crop / pest development will see a continual trend for early summer harvests to be much later than 2016's extremely early cropping season. Oh don't worry, it will be warm enough for that lawn of yours to need mowing - if you dare brave the mucky-muck of wet grass clippings. Isn't The Great Wait delightful???
"The perfect is the enemy of the good." - an aphorism, originally from ~17th century.
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The extended dealine was incorrect at the last link and I'm sending a corrected link for the Nursery Program Student Internship. Robin
We’ve extended the deadline to apply for our Nursery Program Student Internships. These paid internships are wonderful opportunities to learn about horticultural research in a great setting. Our students get the opportunity to be involved in and learn about a wide range of research and Extension activities for nursery and Christmas tree production. Explore interests, enhance skills, and contribute to new knowledge of sustainable production practices that help these industries thrive.
For more information about the Nursery Program Student Internships and contact information, check the link. Robin