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Wow! I knew it's been a bit nippy in the mornings this last week, but hadn't heard that. Better get my orchids inside.
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Just opened Firefox, found a Severe Weather Alert. I thought, it's going to rain in a couple days, so what, it's Oregon, remember? Actually, the next couple nights will likely be about 20*F colder than the last couple days.
Issued by The National Weather Service
5:04 am PDT, Sat., Oct. 10, 2009
... Colder nights with possible freezing temperatures through the weekend in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon... ... Wet conditions next week across southwest Washington and northwest Oregon...
An early autumn modified arctic air mass has spread into eastern Oregon... Pushing cold and dry air through the gorge into northern Oregon and southwest Washington. The air mass will continue to seep into the area through the weekend.
This dry and cooler air will set the stage for the lowest minimum temperatures of the season so far.
Low temperatures could fall well into the 20s the next couple of mornings. The one mitigating factor in some areas will be the strength and duration of the east winds. Areas where the winds continue through the night will tend to stay above freezing due to mechanical mixing of the air. Thus... 15 to 20 degree ranges between the coldest and warmest areas are possible... And will make pinpointing low temperatures difficult.
Next week appears active as the first stronger storm of autumn sets up off the coast. Periods of rain... Gale force winds and rising seas are likely to occur early in the week over the coastal waters. Current timing for the onset of this change looks to be Monday night or Tuesday. Strongest winds and heaviest rains are initially headed toward northern California but those of us in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington will see our share of active weather throughout next week.
If you have any tender plants susceptible to the cold... Be sure to take any necessary steps to protect them. You will likely want to disconnect outdoor hoses from faucets as well.
Wish I'd known before I left for the weekend, would've put the outdoor faucet protector on. I did leave my bedroom window closed, I finally had to close it all the way overnight just this week. My fav ice scraper is still in my coat closet at home. I've had my little truck for 6 years, that's 5 winters, I might as well buy an ice scraper with a long handle!