The last couple of days have been filled with sunshine, mild temperatures and great spring weather. But that appears to be coming to an end starting Wednesdays. According to Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said a new system will roll in from the Pacific, but it’s not expected to bring more than windy conditions and mountain showers. And, Lohmann said, it looks like that dry pattern will continue for the foreseeable future, which, considering the way 2021 has started, is not good news.
“March was unusually dry, especially for a March in our area with a number of stations seeing it within the top ten driest on record. And then the outlooks going out for the next one to three months show below normal precipitation expected across a lot of the western United States which does not bode well for the region as we’ve seen that drought increase out of California and up into Central Oregon.”
When it comes to the current soil conditions, temperatures are warming in to the 50’s and 60’s. But soil moisture levels are already short.
“Already this year, 40%-50% of the top soil moisture across Washington and Oregon is in the short of very short moisture category and that’s a 10%-30% increase from this time last year,” Lohmann added.
Will we see any rain the coming days? And what’s the long-term outlook for Spring. Listen to our entire conversation with Lohmann to find out.
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