Weather Eye: Our 90-degree days are probably finished for this year
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
What a relief Monday was with afternoon temperatures in the pleasant mid-70s. From here it is all downhill the rest of the week through the weekend with cooler temperatures and even a risk of drizzle or showers maybe Thursday and over the weekend. For sure our neighbors to the north will get a round of showers. Looking ahead to next week another ridge of high pressure is forecast to build over us, resulting in pleasant weather for a few days.
Unless we get another round of east winds this month I think we may be done with 90-degree high temperatures. We did mange six days in a row of 90 degrees or better beginning Sept. 6 to Sept. 11. They were 91, 94, 90, 92, 94 and 93 degrees, respectively.
Seattle managed to get nine days in a row of 80 degrees or better, setting a record at Sea-Tac airport for September. We didn’t see too many 100-degree highs around the Northwest this summer but The Dalles, Ore. managed 103 degrees on Sunday. And despite the heat and high freezing levels one can still see snow on Mount St. Helen’s and Mount Hood, well that is if the smoke would clear.
Rainfall around our local area for August wasn’t really much to write home about. Ellen Smart of Ridgefield recorded only .05 of an inch and Tyler Mode of Minnehaha had .07 of an inch for the least here in the urban area. Claudia Chiasson of Carson and Bud Maddox of Home Valley in the Gorge only had a trace. The rainfall winner was Phil Delany above Dole Valley with one-half inch.
The second half of September promises to be cooler and wetter than the first half, which wouldn’t really be difficult to accomplish when we were so hot and dry. But expect more clouds and a brush or two with the droplets from the skies. For the first 11 days of September Vancouver is running five degrees above normal for the average mean temperature and no rain in the bucket.
Enjoy your week without the air conditioning and the fans running!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.