Currently in Portland — March 16th 2022


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The weather, currently.
Wednesday is the best weather day this week!
Wednesday is the best weather day this week!
If you have outdoor plans or urges, Wednesday is the day this week to fulfill them! The Portland area will experience a brief reprieve from rainfall as a weak ridge deflects the steady stream of Pacific moisture well northward into central British Columbia and Alaska. For our area, this means we will experience a gorgeous mix of sunshine, blue skies, and patchy cloud cover. Temperatures are looking splendid with highs reaching 55ºF and overnight lows dropping down to 39ºF with increasing cloud cover overnight.
Wet weather returns on Thursday with an approaching weak storm system. However, a parade of storms will bring plenty of more opportunities for rain this weekend and into next week.
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The sky above parts of Spain turned a bright orange on Monday, as Storm Celia brought dust from the Sahara desert to the country.

This footage, captured by Twitter user @Judlei_, shows scenes in Aguilas, a port city in the southeastern province of Murcia, Spain. #DustStorm
People across Spain stepped outside to an orange sky and cars covered in dust early this week. The dust traveled all the way from the Sahara desert, brought over by strong jet stream winds. 
The dust, combined with rains from storm Celia led to what people in Spain are describing as “raining mud”. The air quality across Spain reached “dangerous” levels today, March 15. 
“It is causing views more typical of the planet Mars,” said Currently’s Madrid meteorologist, Emilio Rey. “The air quality was the worst on the entire planet this Wednesday, and the risk for the elderly, children, and people with respiratory problems is extreme.”
Climate change is making dust storms in the Sahara more intense, largely because of extended periods of drought.
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