Weather Eye: It can be OK to be left out of things



Sometimes it isn’t all bad to be on the tail end of things. Take, for instance, Monday in Clark County. A rather vigorous weather system was moving through Western Washington with expected rainfall totals of up to one-half inch west of the Cascades and 1-3 inches of rain along the coast and Cascades.

Quillayute as of 3 p.m. Monday had reported nearly three inches of rain with moderate rain still falling. Remarkable for August. The exception was right here in our neck of the woods. We did see clouds increase and as I write this column Monday afternoon, there was still a risk of sprinkles or light showers developing. The rain at 3 p.m. had not ventured south of Chehalis.

After this system moves out on Tuesday we rebound quickly on Wednesday and the remainder of the week. We stand another good chance of very warm weather by Sunday. Summer isn’t over yet, folks. And neither are the surprises.

We managed 90 degrees or better both days over the weekend with a 95 Saturday and 90 degrees Sunday. At least we logged in a couple of those in this summer. Seattle managed to reach 85 degrees Saturday so they have accomplished that hard-to- reach milestone.

A rare F3 tornado touched down in Ontario, Canada Sunday around 4 p.m., killing one person. Winds were estimated at 170 mph as the storm moved from the shores of Lake Huron.

Hurricane Irene is causing havoc and forecasting dilemmas as she gains strength and possibly reaches the mainland of the U.S. later this week. For those of you on Facebook with a desire to keep up with the hurricane season, the National Weather Service Hurricane Center has set up a Facebook page, so check it out.

Speaking of that heavy rain on the Olympic Peninsula, the National Weather Service actually issued a flood advisory. One of my Facebook friends who lives in Snohomish commented to me that Monday afternoon looked just like November — only warmer.

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