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Cottage Grove Weather Blog

September 9, 2021
First decent rainfall expected later next week! La Nina again?

We've had an unusual dry start to September, but there's increasing confidence that a storm system or two will finally bring our first "appreciable" rains of the season late next week (Fri Sept 17) and into the following weekend. Until then, a few storm systems will just "clip" our area. System #1, tonight into Friday […]

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September 6, 2021
Warm-hot weather will continue through Wednesday, then much cooler?

Although it's been ridiculously hot, high temperatures have stayed well below the past week's records of 95-103. Moving forward, record high temperatures gradually lower and eventually drop into the mid-upper 80's beginning Sept 28. Our normal high/low temperature right now is near 81/49. In a post later this week, I'll give an update on the […]

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September 1, 2021
Happy first day of Meteorological Fall!

The Astronomical Fall (Autumnal Equinox) doesn't occur until September 22, but today (Sept 1) we celebrate the beginning of the Meteorological Fall which is tied to temperatures. Notice the nice cool and crisp mornings? Dry weather likely to continue Unfortunately, I don't see any signs of rain over the next 5-7 days. Previously, there were […]

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August 28, 2021
Quick Update (Saturday)

We'll warm up today with high temps in the mid 80's to near 90, lows upper 40's-around 50. Winds today will blow from east to west, some gusts to 15-20 mph possible. This may cause areas of smoke and haze from the fires that are to our east. Because of these "easterly" winds, the NWS […]

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August 25, 2021
Fall in the air? September's Outlook

Monday and Tuesday both had cool, fall-like mornings. Lows both days were 40, 41 (respectively). We have to go all the way back to June 10 when we last had a morning low near 41. Certainly a sign that fall is coming soon. The past several days of highs in the mid-70's to low-80's have […]

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August 20, 2021
Cooler temperatures here to stay?

Ah yes, we can finally take a breath fresh (and cooler) air! Since Memorial Day, high temperatures have ran above the seasonal average in excess of about 70% of the time. We've had 8 days that reached over 100 degrees, 24 days in the 90's, and 9 days at 88-89. Normal high/low temperature right now […]

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August 16, 2021
Refreshing Pattern Change Underway!

Yes, you saw the top image correctly: July 2021 was the hottest on record (followed by the hottest June on record across the U.S.). Finally we get to have a solid week of what a typical summer across the area should look like, compliments of a weak low pressure system that will pass through the […]

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August 13, 2021
Cooler temperatures, but...

A cool down is still expected, but won't occur until Sunday or may possibly hold off until Monday. This is because high pressure over our region is strong and delaying the storm system that will bring cooler temperatures (system is currently in the Gulf of Alaska and slowly trekking south because it's being impeded by […]

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August 11, 2021
Heatwave update

Because of high pressure building into the region, winds have shifted and are blowing smoke into our area from the fires to the east. This is causing areas of smoke and hazy skies with an orange tint to the sun. Haze/smoke may have an impact on forecast high temperatures and could cause such to be […]

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August 9, 2021
Heatwave this week!

Strong high pressure will build into the region this week. Beginning Wednesday, and continuing through Saturday, hot high temperatures of 98-103 degrees can be expected. Evenings will be warmer than usual, with overnight lows will bottom out at around 60-65. Our seasonal average high/low temperatures are 86/52. But this really isn't shocking news, right? Especially […]

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