Weather Eye: In most places, last day kept August from being a dry month

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OK, as promised, here are the rainfall reports from your friends and neighbors around the region for August.

Normally, there wouldn’t be much to talk about since it was dry almost the entire month, except the last day or so. And most of the rainfall tallies reflect that episode.

I measured 0.47 of an inch here in the Salmon Creek area. Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 0.94 of an inch; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 0.42 of an inch; Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 0.48 of an inch; Judy Darke, Felida, 0.39 of an inch; Irv St. Germain, Southwest Prune Hill, 0.69 of an inch; Bob Starr, Cougar, 2.79 inches; Pete Conrad, Battle Ground, 0.54 of an inch; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 0.32 of an inch; Dan Hein, Camas, 0.57 of an inch; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 0.53 of an inch; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 1 inch; Phil Harris, Washougal, 1.05 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 1.01 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 0.47 of an inch; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 0.80 of an inch; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 0.99 of an inch; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 0.40 of an inch.

Some areas had a light drizzle on Aug. 19, but most of us were dry until the last day, after 55 to 57 days without measurable rain. Quite a run indeed. Most of the rainfall totals were at or below average for August. September got into the action the first few days but has remained on the dry side for the past several days.

Looking ahead, nothing much new that I haven’t already said the past couple of columns. Weak high pressure may give us another 80-degree day today, but then a weather system brushes by once again fairly close, so the odds of showers go up. If any rain falls, it would be on the light side. There will be more clouds to our north. Nothing really exciting in the extended forecast — maybe rain over the weekend and then maybe not. The computer forecast models always have a difficult time as each season changes and weather systems out in the Pacific try and make up their mind where to go.

OK with me, they can take their time while we enjoy the calm weather at hand.

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