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06-30-2015 08:40:07

Celestial update

Rufus at the WxCafe waxes on a celestial delight.  Robin


Dear Patron,


Tonight, in the sky at sunset, will be an interesting show of planet light.  Take a moment to enjoy the presentation!




The night of closest approach is June 30th, when Venus and Jupiter will be only 1/3rd of a degree apart. If you have binoculars or a small telescope, point them at the planets. Both will fit in the same field of view, allowing you to see the fat crescent phase of Venus and the moons of Jupiter simultaneously. It's a great way to end the day. 


Just step outside after sunset and face west. Venus and Jupiter are less than a degree apart. Don't wait until the sky fades to black. A tight conjunction of Venus and Jupiter framed by twilight blue has a special beauty that you won't want to miss.






06-29-2015 14:20:34

06-29-2015 08:48:00

Weather update

Rufus at the WxCafe® pushes the pause button. Robin


Monday June 29


Tipping the morning mug to a 41st Wedding Anniversary today!  A partial pause from fresh fruit season.  The other partial pause is the tap down of the expected weekend heat (west side patrons) because of the clouds.  Wx models & forecasters do miss, so if you want to complain about not hitting triple digits in the Willamette Valley this weekend, sign up to spill your morning beverage on the 'empty cup' list to your right on The WxCafe (TM) Counter.  Seriously, the pause in the heat wave is gladly accepted by all.  More heat on the way.


Cooler temps - because of the slight shift in the high pressure ridge - will yield to hot afternoon temps by Thu / Fri this week.  The humidity will not be so high with the next round of heat.  Expect the upper 90s in most locations by Fri, holding through the weekend.  That said, don't be surprised if a 100+ reading, west of the Cascades, hits the books in your location during the extended holiday (esp southern OR).  For patrons in the eastern basins, it was a true barn burner this weekend, with temps above 105 in many locations.  Yikes.  Triple digit temps are on tap for the holiday weekend.  


On Sunday, July 5 we may get another southerly flow aloft that generates thunderstorms (fire issues, too) on both sides of the Cascades.  That would tap temps down, like the past couple of days.  Then, as the first full week of July gets underway, a westerly flow will cool areas west of the Cascades into the 80s south, 70s Puget Sound north by July 8 or 9th.  Seasonal temps across the PNW for the balance of the week of July 6-10.  


By the weekend of July 11-12, models argue -->> either mild (80s), toasty 90s, or something in between with chance for thunderstorms.  Too early to firm up of a definite outlook.  Keep the iced beverage handy. 


Bottom of the Cup:  lucky break in the heat for a couple more days, then bam, back at it after the partial pause.  NO general threat for rain (other than under a boomer) through mid-July.  Typical.


Worth repeating: "Writing TV humor isn't as hard as listening to it."  






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Weather update

06-22-2015 08:12:07

Weather update

Rufus at the WxCafe® has us baking this summer. Robin

Sunday June 21


Summer officially started today along with lots of "love you" & "you're the world's best Dad" cards.  Given a long day tomorrow sitting in planes heading to Buffalo NY, your host delivers a Father's Day Summer Bake forecast.  Got the Ice Tea ready?


As mentioned by many, there is a notable HEAT WAVE heading to the PNW by the coming weekend.  Details remain drifty - meaning just how hot the oven will be get - continues to drift up & down.  However, everyone will wish it not so.  Before Friday, the weather will be quite pleasant around the entire PNW.  Berry harvest will crank up another notch, as well.  


The heat low will build north starting Friday, with temps over 100 F in many OR locations, both sides of the Cascades on Sunday & Monday.  If your area doesn't top into the triple digits, the oven-like temps will still be miserable.  Pets, People, Plants will fade quickly w/o water, so be ready and be safe.  While we are likely to cool off just a little as July gets started, it will remain uncomfortably warm throughout the week because of monsoonal flow aloft from the south that will elevate humidity, along with risk for thunderstorms (and fire issues). 


The long 4th of July weekend has trended with a cooler marine push of air for western valleys starting Fri July 3.  Let's hope so.  Once that cool pool drifts by, models indicate temps will pop back up into the upper 80s to mid-90s in many locations - again, both sides of the Cascades Sunday & Monday, July 5,6.


The first full week of July will be DRY and in the mid 80s, although a couple of outlier model solutions suggest cooler, cloudy wx, much like the past 24 hours.  Time will tell.


Bottom line, patrons, is that this heat event may extend longer than a couple of days, putting it on the unusual side for the PNW.  Some areas likely to be over 95F several days in a row.  Plan accordingly.  Water up.


Back in Oregon on Friday.







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06-19-2015 11:12:55

Rose stem girdler

Head’s up and eyes open for a potential new pest! The rose stem girdler, Agrilus cuprescens, has been detected in southwest Washington State, just a bit south of Castle Rock. While detected in La Grande a few years back and commonly found in Eastern Washington and areas of western Washington, this is the farthest south it has been detected on the west side of the Cascades. The larvae of this borer can be a pest of raspberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, and roses in places where it becomes established. The link has further information and images of the borer and its larvae.  Robin

rose stem girdler

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