10/18/18 Night/morning fog and low clouds, some afternoon clearing today-tomorrow, much cooler, highs 60F, low 45-50F, light N winds. Outlook: sunny Sat-Mon, highs 60-65F, rain likely Tue, showers Wed, wet & windy storm possible Thu-Fri, seasonal temps w/ highs about 60F and lows near 50F.
10/17/18 Sunny today, high near 70F, light E wind switching to NW this afternoon, mainly cloudy/patchy fog tonight-Fri, lows 50F, highs 60F. Outlook: mostly clear Sat-Mon, highs 60-65F, lows 50F, then a 50-50 chance of rain Tue through most of next week, highs around 60F, lows 50F.
Temperatures: The high on the Central Coast yesterday was 76F; the record of 81F set in 1960 still stands. Today’s record locally is 84F in 1936. Meanwhile, two records in Northwest Oregon were tied yesterday — Astoria had 77F (ties 2002), and Salem had 83F (ties 2002).
10/16/18 Sunny today, light to moderate E winds, high 70F, increasing clouds tonight, low 55F, partly sunny tomorrow, high 65-70F. Outlook: mixed skies/dry, slow cooling Wed-Mon w/ highs dropping to 60F by Sun, lows near 50F. Chance of extended rainy period starting Tue.
Precipitation: Today will be the 6th consecutive day of no rain with another 6 or 7 dry days possible before this streak ends. Sometimes October has as many dry days as a summer month. At Salem in 2006, there were 26 days without measurable rain. That’s not the record though — both Salem and Eugene had 31 dry days in October 1895.
Temperatures: Yesterday’s high on the Central Coast was 78F, just below the record of 81F set in 1960. On the other end of the thermometer, Eugene recorded 29F yesterday morning, breaking their old low temperature record of 30F set in 1992.
10/14/18 Mainly clear skies today-Sat, gusty E winds at times, warm w/ high temps 65-75F through Thu, cooling Fri-Sat to 60F, lows 45-50F. Historic record highs are in the 80s for this week in October; warmest was 88F on this date in 1894. Long range projections show rain possible in 8-9 days.
Weekend Travel: Dry pavement through tonight in all of Northwest Oregon, high temps around 75F, gusty E winds especially in the Gorge and east Portland Metro; the Cascades free air freezing level remains at 11,000′-12,000′.
10/13/18 Sunny today after morning clouds, light NE breeze, high 65F, clear tonight-tomorrow, NE wind gusting 25-30mph, low 50F, high 70F. Outlook: mainly clear skies for the entire workweek, NE winds, highs 65-70F Mon-Tue, cooling to 60-65F Wed-Fri, lows 45-50F. Rain in 10 days?
Weekend Travel: Bare roads in the Valley, Gorge, Coast Range and Cascades with high temps 70-75F, gusty E winds and the free air freezing level near 12,000′.
10/12/18 Mostly clear skies today-tonight, N wind gusting 20-25mph, high 65F, low 45F, sunshine tomorrow, light NE breeze, high near 70F. Outlook: sunny days, cloudless nights Sun-Thu, gusty NE winds, highs 65-70F early in the week, down to 60-65F by midweek, lows 45-50F.
Weekend Travel: Dry pavement with E winds and highs 70-75F throughout Northwest Oregon through Sunday night; the Cascades free air freezing level at 12,000′.
October 12, 1962: Today marks the 56th anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm, which brought wind speeds over 150 mph to Oregon, Washington and Northern California. The extratropical cyclone was one of the strongest ever recorded; it killed 46 people, caused $2-billion dollars in damage (today’s dollars), and blew down 12-billion board feet of timber. Read more here.
10/9/18 Chance of showers early, mixed skies today, NW wind gusting 20-25mph, high 55-60F, patchy fog/low clouds tonight, low 45-50F, mostly sunny tomorrow, high 60F. Outlook: Summer-like conditions the rest of the week. Mostly clear Thu-Mon, E winds, warm days with highs 65F or better, cool nights with lows 45-50F.