Weather Eye: Autumn makes a wet and stormy debut this week

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The first two autumn storms of the season will arrive Sunday and Monday around western Washington. The first is rather weak but still some rain will fall locally and slightly breezy. The second one Monday is much stronger, with some steady rain and notably windy especially along the coast. This weather system contains moisture from the deadly typhoon Roke that struck Japan last week.

Winds along the exposed headlands of the Washington coast could see winds upward of 50 mph. Rainfall could top two inches in the Olympics and Cascades, while western valleys receive a quarter to one-half inch of rain. The greatest rainfall amounts will be to our north, however. Sounds like fall, eh?

I wish I could be down at the coast bundled up in a rain parka and taking a stroll (safely) along the beach, feeling the salt air against my face while watching the rain dripping off the brim of my rain hood. Ah, fresh air and a good warm up for the active weather season soon to be commonplace. Freezing levels will be rather high, so any snow in the Cascades will be near mountain peaks. Looking at Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens on Saturday morning, snow from last season can still be seen on the rocky slopes.

The forecast isn’t all bad. Things look like they will settle back down midweek with more peeks of the autumn sunshine and highs inching back up to 70 degrees or a notch higher, perhaps. Still, time to speed up the remaining garden harvest, get the yard in shape for winter and have things set for the colder and wetter weather ahead.

Many of you commented how the rains last week did a good job splitting the tomatoes in the backyard garden. A few tufts of green appear here and there across the brown dried out fields and I only see a small splash of fall color so far. Still lots of green trees.

October arrives this Saturday are you ready? Seems like the summer came and gone in a flash. And now autumn is officially here and begins to show its first splash.

Enjoy your week everyone.

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