Weather Eye: Typical November weather should arrive by the weekend
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This has certainly been a week with not much to write home about in terms of weather, with the main storm track heading north and south of us. We call this a split flow, which leaves us basically high and dry.
So Thursday will be partly cloudy and mild. Clouds increase Friday and reality sets in over the weekend as we settle into some typical November weather, with rains in the low-lying areas and mountain snows. Each weather system will begin to pile up snow in the Cascades and even the coast range will see some accumulation as time wears on.
It’s almost about time November weather got down to business. The first eight days of the month have brought only .86 of an inch of rain to Vancouver, which is more than one-half inch below normal. Temperatures so far this month have been quite cool, with an average mean temperature of 43.9 degrees, 4.9 degrees below average.
So looking ahead, the rain deficit will probably get erased while the temperatures remain on the cool side, at least the high temperatures. A flow of air from the northwest through the middle of next week will take care of that. If you have plans for traveling across the mountains, as I mentioned earlier, be prepared for winter driving conditions.
While looking at the statistics for this month, I find that the warmest temperature was on November 2 with 60 degrees, as was the coldest, 28 degrees. We should see east winds continuing Thursday into early Friday, with the most noticeable winds in East County and near the Gorge.
Bottom line for late Friday through next week: cool, wet and blustery.
I want to take a moment and thank all of our veterans out there for their service to our country. Any Veterans Day activities should be dry if held during the early part of the day on Friday.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.