Weather Eye: March’s wet weather showed up in rain gauges across county

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Happy Easter!

Before we go too far, let’s review some rainfall from March: I had 8.39 inches here in Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 13.52 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 18.15 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 10.32 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 7.48 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 8.39 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 9.97 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 25.73 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 7.64 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 14.61 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 9.09 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mount Vista, 10.59 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 12.46 inches; Dave Campbell, a mile west of Heisson, 10.10 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 13.34 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 10.92 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 13.09 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 13.54 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 10.23 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 7.90 inches.

Comments from our observers: Murphy Dennis said, “I had 18.25¿ of snow for March and that brings me to just over 5 feet of measurable snow since the first of the year. Glad it didn’t all fall at once!” Tyler Mode’s Minnehaha station had “the wettest March … in my 17 years, beats out March 2011 with 6.62 inches which was the old record.”

Larry Lebsack said, “With the trend of the last two years of cool, rainy spring and early summer, I’ve decided to start my seeds inside the last week of April, then put them out around the first of June.”

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