Weather Eye: Showers will end, then dry weather again



There was hardly a flurry (pun) of weather activity late Wednesday as an area of low pressure slipped down the Oregon Coast. It did provide clouds and light precipitation beginning in the evening hours and was expected to be in the form of snow in the Gorge and higher elevations for a short while.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, rain was falling along the coast, light snow was reported in the Forest Grove, Ore., area, and rain and snow mix at Troutdale, Ore. Just plain old rain was falling at my home in Salmon Creek, although it was a chilly rain with the temperature at 38 degrees. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some wet flakes mixed in at times around the county Wednesday evening.

Thursday, any lingering showers will vanish, and we go back to a mundane weather pattern with mostly dry weather. It could be just more of the same right up to Christmas.

I think it is amazing at my location in Salmon Creek that I have had a freezing temperature for each of the first 14 days of the month. And 12 of those were in the 20s for overnight lows. Four of the high temperatures were only in the 30s. My average mean temperature for the first 14 days of December is only 33.2 degrees.

For Vancouver as recorded at Pearson field, the average mean temperature was 35.6 degrees, nearly 6 degrees below average. A very cold and dry month, for sure.

It was about this time of the year in 2008 when we started our bout with arctic air and snow. Three years ago on Dec. 15, we had a high temperature of only 29 degrees. And you know the rest of the story from that point on to Christmas Day, a white Christmas not to be forgotten.

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