Cool Rules

The below average temperatures over the past several days has been associated with a ridge of high pressure aloft along the west coast of the United States.  This created a situation where even coastal or near coastal cities in the Pacific Northwest recorded some very warm temperatures.  Locations on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains in both Oregon and Washington often record temperatures in the 90s or even the triple digits, but the locations west of the Cascades are commonly influenced by the relatively cool waters of the Pacific Ocean.  The same pattern that has kept us cool, has not allowed the cooler ocean air to move onshore leading to some record heat.

Daryl Ritchison