OK, before we go too far, let’s review some rainfall from November from your friends and neighbors: I had 7.18 inches here at Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 12.07 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 13.43 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 8.34 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 7.13 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 11.70 inches’ Irv St. Germain, SW Prune Hill, 7.20 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 21.43 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 6.92 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 15.40 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 10.24 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 7.91 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 8.10 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 11.80 inches; Larry Lebsack, NE Hazel Dell, 8.20 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 14.55 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 8.85 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 8.11 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 7.53 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 7.67 inches; Amboy Middle School, 12.62 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 6.64 inches; William Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 9.80 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield 8.30 inches.
I certainly don’t have to tell you that it has been very cold this month. My average mean temperature through 5 p.m. Saturday is only 33.8 degrees. For the first 10 days of the month, my low has been at or below freezing. I recorded 23 degrees early Saturday morning under night time clear skies, then fog and low clouds moved in and deposited a heavy freezing fog and even a few flurries. It was a white winter wonderland.
The afternoon high as of 5 p.m. in my neck of the woods never reached 32 degrees and there was frost in many locations. At 5 p.m., some light freezing rain and flurries were reported around the area.
The upcoming week looks cold and basically dry with only a risk of showers Sunday and maybe mid-week. Otherwise we have to wait awhile longer for the active weather pattern we usually see in December.
Meanwhile, cold air has deepened in the lower Columbia Basin with temperatures in the 20s. If we should get a low dropping southward off our coast with a little moisture and some easterly winds we could maybe get a surprise snowfall. Too soon to tell, but I’m keeping it in the back of my mind.
East winds on Friday were in the 70-80 mph range at the Custom House east of Corbett.
I will leave you with this from weather observer Jim Knooll of Five Corners, an original for sure!
The weather outside is clearing
And that is not endearing
So let’s do the dance we know
And make it snow, make it snow, make it SNOW!
Enjoy your week, and keep warm and dry!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.