Weather Eye: Some rain may fall, but normal August heat will return



We certainly struggled to make 70 degrees Saturday afternoon, as a very deep marine layer remained overhead. Earlier in the day, the low morning clouds topped out at 4,000 feet — remarkably thick for mid-August. A weather system moves inland Sunday and Monday, bringing a little rain — anywhere between a tenth of an inch to maybe a half-inch around parts of western Washington.

Some higher pressure builds mid-week, for seasonal temperatures and maybe some higher-than-normal humidity. Then perhaps we’ll have another bout with clouds and moisture by next weekend. But that is a ways out, so stay focused on the next couple days as we retreat toward May- or June-like weather.

You may remember my waiting for the first blossoms on my nasturtiums to signal the onset of summer. Finally — July 4 — that took place, but now the plants have produced an abundance of seeds and are withering away. Hopefully that isn’t a sign of an early fall.

Did someone say ‘fall’?

I know many readers have told me this past week that at times it seems like there’s a taste of fall in the air. It was certainly cool enough a day or two, with overnight lows dipping into the 40s. I also noticed some calm and stillness in the air. I’m not rushing the change of yet another season, but this has been a very unusual year weather-wise.

On a much warmer and brighter note, east of the Cascades in Washington highs were in the 90s in many locations Saturday, with Pasco and Omak at 92 degrees at 4 p.m. For the most part, on the other hand, the Washington Coast was socked in all day — Hoquiam was only 62 degrees at 4 p.m. It wasn’t much warmer up north at that hour, either, with Bellingham chilling at 64 degrees.

Ah, as I finish my column at 5 p.m. Saturday, the sun is finally peeking in my window. I think it did more hiding than peeking through the day, don’t you?

Oh, picked four red tomatoes on Saturday; that should be some kind of milestone in itself.

Enjoy your week. Watch for some slippery roadways when the rain falls. My last measurable rain was on July 21, so oil dribbles have been building up without washing off.

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