Weather Eye: April rain brings May pain for more of the same yet again



We may as well check in and see how much rain was recorded by our friends and neighbors around the region for April. Needless to say, it was a bit on the wet side for sure. I measured 5.51 inches here in the Salmon Creek area. Doesn’t really look like an April shower month total does it? More like late fall or early winter.

OK, here we go: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 11.66 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 13.06 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 5.90 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 4.17 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 5.86 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 3.87 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 14.50 inches (and 3 inches of snow); Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 7.82 inches; Phil Harris, Washougal, 7.61 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 9.63 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 9.62 inches; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 5.94 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mount Vista, 6.10 inches; Larry Lebsack, northeast Hazel Dell, 5.96 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 10.22 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 6.92 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 6.68 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 6.50 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 9.03 inches; Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 4.21 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 7.30 inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 5.70 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 8.54 inches; Ken McGowen, near fairgrounds, 5.85 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield 5.30 inches.

Some comments about April rainfall:

Chuck Houghten: “Cool and wet appears to be our norm for this spring — as often is the case, and even more so this year, has many hoping we don’t have to wait that long, but looking forward to July 5th.”

Dan Hein: “ The wettest in the Camas area since 8.14” in 1993 and third wettest in 47 years.”

Jim Knoll: “ It was the coldest, wettest April I’ve recorded in 31 years. The snow on Silver Star and Larch Mountain is pretty but I don’t think I’ve seen it quite that snowy up there in May.”

Phil Delany: “ I don’t think that we have turned the corner to much nicer weather yet. Maybe just approaching the bend. Hope I’m wrong. Your friend, Mossy Phil.”

And so it goes. This week’s forecast: “More of the same.” Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day.

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