Some wild weather came through the Pacific Northwest on Friday afternoon, with a brief shot of heavy rain and some strong gusty 30-40 mph winds blowing leaves everywhere. Another weather front moved through late Saturday, and showers will continue Sunday. The rest of the week continues to trend towards colder and wetter weather.
Snow levels will tumble by the end of the week, with good mountain snows — and maybe, just maybe, some residents in the higher elevations around Clark County will see some snowflakes.
Just how low the snow will fall depends on many things that are too far out to pin down now, but stay tuned as always. I planned ahead and got my snow tires mounted on Saturday. The tire shop was not busy at all, but I advised them to get ready for a rush later in the week. I hate to put them on so early, but with traveling on Thanksgiving I will surely need them.
It’s a good bet that the mountain ski areas, at least the higher ones, will once again open for Thanksgiving. Let La Niña rule!
Okay, before we go too far, let’s review some October rainfall measurements from your friends and neighbors:
I had 2.62 inches here at Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 4.95 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 4.98 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 3.10 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.20 inches; Irv St. Germain, Southwest Prune Hill, 3.68 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 10.01 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 2.53 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 7.20 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 4.17 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 2.38 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mount Vista, 4.04 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 4.77 inches; Larry Lebsack, Hazel Dell, 3.01 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 6.39 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 3.56 inches; Dave Campbell, a mile west of Heisson, 2.89 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 3.33 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 3.19 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 3.87 inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 2.87 inches; Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 2.12 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.80 inches.
Enjoy your week and keep warm and dry!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.