Weather Eye: Summer is a-coming in, just a few warm days at a time
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, we were basking in the warm sunshine, and Saturday we were, well, just thinking about Friday. More clouds and rain brought about a quarter-inch of rain in the lowlands and upwards of an inch of rain in the mountains. Temperatures are running way below average for the date, with Vancouver posting a high of only 59 degrees as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
Seems like we just can’t squeeze out more than a day or two at a time with a little bit of sun. As clouds depart later tonight we should enjoy another brief round of warm and sunny weather Monday and Tuesday, with Tuesday the warmest at 80 degrees or so. Beyond that, forecast models show more clouds and cooler temperatures and a risk of showers. And so it goes.
Longtime weather observer Jim Knoll of Orchards sent me an email: “I’ve lived in Clark County for 44 years and I can’t ever remember being able to see snow up on Silver Star Mountain from town in the middle of June. There is still quite a lot visible from down here. I know in the trees down below the summit the snow stays around much longer than what is visible from here having hiked and skied up there numerous times over the years. But this year is quite amazing. Almost to the summer solstice and visible snow on a low ridge. It may be insufferably hot in much of the country but on this part of Earth we are experiencing global cooling.”
Another longtime observer, Dan Hein of Camas, remarked Saturday, “It’s the second half of June, 11:15 a.m., 54 degrees, raining and foggy! Time to build a fire in the insert to ward off the cold.”
Summer solstice is at 10:16 am Tuesday morning, and we will celebrate the arrival of summer under a sunny note. Several readers just had to remind me that after that event the hours of daylight will be getting less each day. Meteorologist Dave Percy in Anchorage, Alaska, had this to say about the beginning of summer: “I’m looking forward to losing daylight. Too much of it up here. I like it more toward the equinoxes.”
Enjoy your week and get outside on Tuesday!
Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.