Weather Eye: Perfectly ‘normal’ weather to usher in the first week of August

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I think I will borrow a quote from Mary Poppins and apply it to our weather this week: “Practically perfect in every way!”

My temperature predictions of roughly 75 to 80 degrees may have to be bumped up a degree or two or three, other than that just about close to the seasonal normals. So, a “normal” week of weather for the first of August. Now that should make us all feel normal of some sort shouldn’t it? Good thing after a gloomy but pleasant July.

And speaking of gloomy, experts at the University of Washington have plotted the cloudiness during June and it shows that for most of Western Washington we managed to maintain a winter level of cloudiness. July numbers may be slightly improved but yet very unseasonal. You know those winter blues that many get from the lack of sunshine? That was the main complaint gathered within my inbox last month. Everyone enjoyed the pleasant temperatures but many could have used a few more hours of sunshine. And so could have the garden as well.

But as mentioned here the other day, I believe we may enjoy much more sunshine this month and more weather like July. Still no 90-degree weather headed our way. Bottom line before you push the send button on that email, “No Complaints here!”

Watermelons ripen

East of the mountains it has been warmer and highs in the 90s on occasion, enough so that the first watermelons of the season are now in the stores. I grabbed two of them over the weekend and they looked really good. Nothing like Northwest watermelons full of juice (it’s the water, you know, that makes them good).

OK, now that you are happy and have that smile on your face let’s add a few tidbits of weather news. The fifth hurricane of the Eastern Pacific occurred Monday with the appearance of Hurricane Eugene but no worry to land masses. Golf ball-size hail shattered windshields in Long Island, New York. Flooding in downtown Minneapolis on Monday while the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas is totally dry, no water! This river, the last undammed river in Texas, is famous for the fossilized dinosaur tracks in the limestone stream bed. Probably good viewing right now.

Enjoy your week and I will chat with you on Thursday.

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