Weather Eye: Watching weather easy on summer day



It was tranquil sitting on the bench with her and chatting about things. The weather Saturday afternoon was clear and sunny, light breezes and not a cloud in the sky. There was an occasional ripple on the water and a stray fish jumping every now and then. The West Hills of Portland were bright and green. The air was fresh for a perfect day.

She said, “Do you come here often?” I replied, “Yes, I like to come here along the river and watch the weather.” She remarks, “Well, not much weather to watch is there?” I turned my head, smiled and muttered that at least I wouldn’t get wet today. She lowered her brow and I could see her brown eyes peering above her sunglasses as her dimples appeared ever so softly.

I thought to myself that actually the sky is full of weather as weather is whatever it is doing outside at any given moment in time. “It’s peaceful” I offered, feeling like I was finally drying out and replenishing my vitamin D intake.

“What will the weather be like on Sunday?” I slouched down a bit on the bench keeping my eye on the river and replied, “Not as nice as today. More clouds, maybe some drizzle here and there, some clearing later in the day. Not too bad really. Just enough of a change to remember today here on the bench.”

She settled back and looked up at the blue sky and thought for a moment. “You know, there really isn’t anywhere else I would like to live but here in the Pacific Northwest. All those months with clouds and rain and then … .” I interrupted her with, “Summer appears and we settle into days like today right?”

She chuckles, “You read my mind didn’t you?”

“Not really, I think anyone who has lived here long enough appreciates the nice days we have and the summer here is second to none. Look at the snow on Mount Hood. Almost the Fourth of July and it is still white as can be. I can’t remember the last time I saw it like that in July. Amazing.”

“The other peaks are beautiful too” she said. “Friday from my office building I could see the snow-capped peaks all the way from Mount Rainier to Mount Jefferson”

It is a good thing we can only talk about the weather and cannot change it. I wouldn’t want to change a thing.

Happy Fourth, everyone.

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