11:50 AM PDT FRI JUL 22, 2016



Recommended times for agricultural burning are from now until 7:00 p.m.


Prep burning is not allowed.




An upper level trough is over Washington and Oregon and will reach Idaho by late afternoon. The trough pushed deep marine air into Willamette Valley overnight though rainfall amounts south of Portland metro were less than a tenth of an inch. These clouds continue to be very slow in breaking up today but mixing is good. Pressure gradients are negatively stacked and with full sunshine expected east of the Cascades they will likely remain negatively stacked through today.


Partly sunny.


Salem's high temperature today will be near 77°F (average is 84°F).

Relative humidity:  Dropping as low as 41% by 5:00 p.m.

Surface winds: SW 4-6 mph becoming NW 6-10 mph about 4:00 p.m.

Transport winds: W 4-8 mph shifting to NW 9-14 mph by 4:00 p.m.

Mixing height: Rising to around 5000 feet at 2:00 p.m.

Salem’s sunset tonight: 8:49 p.m.


(Salem Airport data for Thursday, July 21th: High 84°F; Rainfall: Trace)

(Maximum Ventilation Index expected today: 70)




Very weak onshore flow will persist this weekend and no rain is expected. A ridge will slowly develop over the next week and the area may become hot towards the end of the week. Mixing heights through next week will usually be shallow in the mornings then sunshine will improve mixing heights and potential burning opportunities, depending largely on gradient stacking.


The National Weather Service’s digital forecast is available at:




     1.  Mixing height, as used here, is the lowest height at which the

         potential temperature exceeds the potential temperature at the

         surface.  As a practical matter it is the approximate height to

         which a smoke plume will rise assuming good ignition, dry fuels,

         and winds less than about 15 mph.


     2.  Transport winds are a layer average through the mixing height,

         weighted slightly toward the winds at the top of the layer.


     3.  Ventilation Index is the height of the mixing layer (ft) times

         the transport wind speed (mph) divided by 1000.


     4.  Surface wind direction is the general expected wind direction. 

         At a specific point surface winds are highly dependent on local

         terrain conditions.


This forecast is provided under an agreement between the Oregon Department

of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).  For

information contact ODA at 503-986-4701.


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Gary Votaw

ODF Meteorologist