Weather Eye: Don’t expect summer anytime soon here



I sure hate to say this, but summerlike weather is most likely on hold for the next 10 days or so. It appears we are locked into a pattern with a repeated threat of disturbances from the Gulf of Alaska, rotating inland and bringing more clouds and rain showers.

There were plenty of moderate to heavy downpours Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon around Clark County. I picked up nearly a half inch of rain Tuesday. I drove through one shower near Vancouver Lake on Wednesday, and I had to have my wipers on high speed. The water was rushing across the roadway. Then, another mile or two down the road, nothing! Expect this to occur again and again in the next week, at least.

Of course, we will have some breaks in between and temperatures rising into the 70s, but still averaging much below normal. I don’t know if we will even reach the average high of 80 degrees anytime soon. Although we won’t be too far from hot weather to the east.

I made a comment Tuesday night on my Facebook page that I attribute all of this rain to my mentioning the camel in Tuesday’s column. I got some fun out of that one. Hopefully that didn’t in any way bring all this moisture over us! And I still don’t care for camels, and I wouldn’t walk a mile for one, let alone ride a camel for a mile, either.

Thinking about animals and weather brings to mind some funny scenarios. Take this: “When pigs carry sticks, the clouds will play tricks; when they lie in the mud, no fears of a flood.” For the birds: “If the sparrow makes a lot of noise, rain will follow.” For old Betsy: “Cows lay down in the fields to feed, ensuring a dry spot to lay when the rain is on its way.”

I just made these up for you and me: “If you wash your car, the rain is not very far” and “If you cut your grass, the rain won’t last.”

Hey, I just looked out the window, and the sun is shining. I better head outside and quit whining.

Have a good one, and I will see you Sunday!

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