Weather Eye: The first full week of October will usher in rain, wind



This week has certainly been autumn in high fashion. First we had some sunshine on the first day, then clouds, winds, rain and back to sunshine. Throw in some east winds on Wednesday and Thursday, and also some very chilly overnight lows early Wednesday.

Lows were mostly in the mid-to low 40s in and around Vancouver but dropped into the 30s in the far outlying areas such as Battle Ground. Anyone notice a patch or two of frost?

We will enjoy pleasant weather through Friday, and then things begin to go downhill. A weather system will split apart as it approaches the West Coast but still bring clouds and showers over the weekend. A major weather pattern change as mentioned here earlier still looks on track for the first full week of October. It will be rainy and windy with highs only in the 60s, with snow over the highest peaks.

I still haven’t mustered a journey down the Salmon Creek trail off of Northwest 36th Ave. That is always a great place to pick up and observe those woolly bear caterpillars. Remember, we are looking for those middle orange segments, four or less. Two and three would really indicate a cold winter, according to old folklore. The wider the band with five or more segments indicates a mild winter. Not real scientific, but a good sojourn for the young folks to partake. For details on the trail, go here.

An Indian summer?

I noticed the trees beginning to show some color just in the past couple of days. The season is moving along. If we get a stretch of nice weather later in the month, many call it an Indian summer. Technically we would have to have a first frost, which usually precludes this feature.

Nevertheless, many will welcome the rain and cool weather next week, while others hope for that last exposure to late summer that sometimes occurs in October.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and I will see you on maybe a wet Sunday!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at