Today's sun breaks will likely be the kick-off to a stretch of warm, mostly dry spring-like days for much of the Northwest. The 7day forecast shows mostly dry weather this week, Tuesday through Sunday. In fact, current forecast models show zero strong storm fronts through March 21st. The next 10 plus days will likely bring a number of dry, warm days with highs warming into the 60s! Longer range weather models project an above normal temperature average for the months of March, April and May. The above map illustrates the expected warm weather pattern in the orange and tan colored areas of the west.
To date, Portland has warmed into the 60s three times this year. Our first 70 degree temperature looks possible in the coming week or two. The forecast for pleasant weather is a sharp contrast to the spring of 2011. You may recall the cold, wet weather of three years ago, set records for cold and wet conditions. Portland did not reach 60 degrees that year until March 31st, which set the record for latest in the year to reach the spring milestone. April of 2011 went on to be the 3rd wettest at PDX.
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @