Weather Eye: Expect warm, wet weather, unless it clears and heats up
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I guess the only difference between rain in the winter and rain in the summer is whether it is cold and wet or warm and wet. Overnight Friday into Saturday morning, we got the latter. It was fairly mild with the showers and turned out to be a little muggy during the day on Saturday. At least we got some sun breaks. With the daytime heating and the destabilization of the atmosphere, plenty of towering cumulus were present. That means also there was a risk of scattered thunderstorms. While I was writing this column, however, I did not see any around Clark County.
Rainfall Saturday was generally between one-tenth and one-quarter of an inch here in the lowlands. Of course, isolated locations may have received more, especially if a thundershower developed Saturday evening after I wrote this.
Today will see another risk of showers and maybe thunderstorms — mainly over the mountains — and mild temperatures, still below the seasonal averages.
The extended outlook still looks like we will be under the gun most any day this week — for showers and below-average temperatures — unless we get an extended clearing period to get us to the 80-degree mark like we saw Friday.
So expect the unexpected. Forecast charts are about clear as mud in my opinion. The overall upper-level weather pattern has been so unpredictable the past four or five months. Get used to it, I say, yeah right.
July’s rainfall at Pearson Air Field is 0.35 of an inch, a bit below average. Other locations differ. My rainfall total here in Salmon Creek so far this month as of 5 p.m. Saturday was 0.90 of an inch.
I notice in the evening hours (between the clouds) that the sun is setting much later now and is heading south towards the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22. I certainly do not want to rush what is left of our summer, but signs of the season are here. On a trip to Fred Meyer the other day, I saw back-to-school supplies are out and all summer items are on clearance. I hate retail, always a season ahead of us it seems.
Enjoy your week, get out when you can, and I will see you on Tuesday!
Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.