Weather Eye: Sunny skies, warm temperatures on tap for holiday weekend

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More clouds than sunshine I would say of late with even a few scattered showers about. Kind of seems like we have taken a few steps backwards to the month of June. But regardless, forecast charts still show a beautiful holiday weekend with things slowly improving Thursday and Friday.

The warm weather is expected to hold into next week but of course most all the school kids will be back in the classroom by then. And many times that is when the warm weather can make a good run of things. More 90-degree days? Maybe!

It appears that the month of August for Vancouver will go in the record books as a very dry month and the temperatures, which were running cooler than normal, will average out just about average for the month. Nothing too exciting.

The monthly temperature extremes ranged from 95 degrees on Aug. 20 to a cool 52 degrees on Aug. 16 and 18. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, there was only .05 of an inch of rain in the bucket at Pearson Field.

Hello, fall

After this weekend all I can say is farewell to summer as us weather and climate folks are now into the fall season, weather wise. We are usually a few weeks ahead of the calendar but September, October and November are bundled into the autumn time frame.

I am still amazed that despite a lack of an abundance of sunshine, especially this week, the sweet corn is ready for harvest, the tomatoes are turning red. OK, let me stop right here. For years they have had early varieties of tomatoes such as Early Girl, etc. Two of the four plants I planted were labeled “extra early” and probably a good thing considering our past two summers. Maybe next year the garden centers will offer extra, extra early!

In closing I see the skies have partially cleared at my house close to my 6 p.m. deadline and the temperature is at a comfortable 66 degrees. Oh I chuckle.

Enjoy the rest of the week and the slow warming trend and especially any plans you may have for the last blast of summer this three-day weekend. See you on Sunday!

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