Wet day boosts lagging rainfall number

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Well we didn’t quite get caught up on the rainfall Monday with those heavy rains early in the day, but made a good stride forward. Showers today will taper off and Wednesday should be a dry day before more rain moves in Thursday and Friday. Snow levels dropped to 2,500 feet late Monday in the Washington Cascades, with a foot or more expected in the higher ski areas. We will remain in an unsettled weather pattern until further notice, with snow in the higher mountains.

Halloween looks like mostly cloudy with a chance of showers at trick-or-treat time and on the cool side of things, so stay tuned for that one. While Vancouver is struggling just to get up to an average rainfall month, Seattle has been deluged, especially Monday, when over an inch and a half of rain fell from midnight to 4 p.m. Monday. They have recorded more than five inches of rain so far this month compared to Vancouver’s 2.25 inches. In fact, flood watches and warnings were issued for many areas close to the urban area of Seattle with torrential rainfall from the cold front passage on Monday.

Looking at webcams Monday afternoon, snow was falling at all Washington Cascade passages and also at Government Camp on Mount Hood. Hey, maybe it might be a good start to the ski season if it keeps it up!

Many of the experts and creatures of nature call for a mild winter, but who knows? Of course it is only autumn and maybe anything goes. Stay tuned.

Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at weathersystems.com.