OK before we go too far let’s review some rainfall from December from your friends and neighbors: I had 2.43 inches here at Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 5.49 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 10.20 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 2.79 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 4.70 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.56 inches; Irv St. Germain, southwest Prune Hill, 3.46 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 12.28 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 2.42 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 9 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 9.21 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 2.84 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 2.93 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 5.07 inches; Larry Lebsack, northeast Hazel Dell, 3.07 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 6.10 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 2.87 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 2.23 inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 1.56 inches; William Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 5.03 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.70 inches.
There is some increasing indication that next week may put us in the deep freeze along with a snow cover. Things haven’t come to together just yet but the confidence is very slowly growing. There is lots of cold air up north so it is matter of time. I would expect the TV five-day forecasts to be changing each day. Meanwhile, factor the outside chance of colder weather next week.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.