Weather Eye: As summer takes hold, we look back at a wet May



As promised, it is time to check in and see how much rain was recorded by our friends and neighbors around the region for May. And yes, it was wet in most areas but much less than in April. OK here we go: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 6.64 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.56 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie; 4.80 inches; Irv St. Germain, SW Prune Hill, 4.29 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 6.52 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 2.69 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 6.00 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 4.87 inches; Phil Harris, Washougal, 5.43 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 6.47 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 4.02 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 5.48 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountian, 2.87 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 3.98 inches; Larry Lebsack, NE Hazel Dell, 3.59 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 3.06 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 6.16 inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 5.6 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 4.58 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 4.23 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 5.36 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 4.04 inches; and Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 3.06 inches. Due to the showery affect last month there were quite a variety of observations. Still, overall, rainfall amounts were about one quarter to one half as much as April.

The Rose Parade in Portland Saturday has picture perfect weather conditions with only a bit of mist here and there early. Sunbreaks broke through near the end and the rest of Saturday was quite enjoyable.

Now that the National Climate Center has officially declared La Niña dead and gone, we should return to a more normal weather pattern. At least June is off to a much drier start than last month in most areas. We have, however, another storm to deal with later tonight and on Monday. After some showers and drizzle, I think we will return to morning clouds and afternoon sunshine.

Temperatures still will run from below normal to near average for mid-June under basically an onshore flow off the ocean and no heat waves in sight.

No flower blooms yet on my nasturtiums as summer is still lurking behind the clouds. Enjoy your week and I will see you on Tuesday.

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