Weather Eye: Sun’s rays will reach down to us on this first day of summer

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Summer officially begins this morning and we shall enjoy a very summerlike day as well. The rest of the week will follow what I discussed here on Sunday. Another pleasant day Wednesday, then more clouds and cooler weather the remainder of the week. We could even have some spotty drizzle on Thursday.

The marine layer was so deep on Monday that the sun had a difficult time burning it off. There were also some pockets of drizzle, mist or light showers early on. Despite the clouds we were riding the 70-degree mark in most lowland areas.

While we were waiting for the clouds to burn off Monday, the Oregon and Washington coasts enjoyed almost-clear skies all day and it was a beautiful day along the beaches, with fairly calm winds and highs near 70 degrees.

Weather on screen

The newly released IMAX film “Tornado Alley” will be shown Friday at OMSI. It will be viewed on the museum’s five-story OMNIMAX screen. In addition, a “Doppler on Wheels” vehicle will be on display. This mobile lab has the latest in technology and equipped with Doppler radar.

Part of their press release goes like this: “Narrated by Bill Paxton (‘Twister,’ ‘Titanic’), ‘Tornado Alley’ follows daring large-format filmmaker Sean Casey (star of the Discovery Channel’s wildly popular ‘Storm Chaser’ series) and the researchers of the VORTEX2 initiative on a thrilling quest to witness the birth of a tornado from its very heart.” For more information, go to the OMSI website at http://www.omsi.edu/omnimax.

Pretty calm weather in our neck of the woods but hurricane warnings were out for Mexico, more tornadoes strike the midsection of the country and flash-flood warnings continue in parts of the U.S. Baseball-size hail was reported in Nebraska on Monday along with winds up to 80 mph.

Fires continue out of control in Arizona and now New Mexico, although decreasing winds were expected to help out firefighters somewhat. So lots of weather action in the rest of the country. And I am just sitting here waiting for the first nasturtium blossom. And so it goes.

Enjoy your week.

Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.