Weather Eye: Showers possible Thursday, but mostly dry conditions ahead
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Well, we have the first week of summer behind us, and we still have clouds and some moisture to deal with before things tend to dry out.
Sunday and Monday were quite muggy with warm temperatures and rather high humidity with clouds and southerly flow of air aloft.
I had expected clouds and showers arriving midweek — but, as usual, the timing gets in the way sometimes with the forecast.
So with that in mind, we have a risk of showers through early Thursday and then high pressure moves in over us. This should result in a very pleasant long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Although we have managed to experienced two days of 80-degree weather this month, my friend and weather observer Roland Derksen of the other Vancouver in British Columbia reports they are still waiting for the big eight-zero. Vancouver officially recorded an 88-degree high on June 4 and 84 degrees on June 21.
I mentioned here on Sunday that as we go into the month of July we could be dry and warm the first 10 days of the month. If high pressure moves north from the desert Southwest, we could get rather warm and perhaps bump 90 degrees.
Right now, we just keep that prospect on the sidelines and look forward to a stretch of pleasant and dry weather beginning July 1.
Rain clouds remain south
Some areas of Western Washington received some light rain on Monday and a few scattered sprinkles reached Clark County but nothing measurable by 5 p.m. An upper-level low was slipping down the coastline Monday heading towards California. The heaviest rainfall amounts should remain well to our south.
So unless we get some big surprise rotating up our way, any rainfall that falls here this week should be on the light side. This almost guarantees that we will end up well short of normal this month. As of 5 p.m. Monday, Vancouver was running about an inch below average for June.
Enjoy your week with a mixture of clouds, sun, and perhaps some moisture as well.
Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.