Weather Eye: Bring along jacket or sweater to Fourth fireworks

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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July is finally under way and summer will get a jump start after the Fourth. That doesn’t mean the Fourth will be dud weather wise but more on the seasonal side of what would be considered “normal.” Highs should be in the mid-70s after some morning clouds.

Temperatures at fireworks time will be typical as well, maybe calling for a hoodie or light sweater or jacket for those northwest winds. The day after the Fourth will be similar, with morning clouds, afternoon sun and highs in the low to mid-70s.

The weather fireworks of sorts begins Friday through the weekend, into the mid-80s, maybe higher. After some rain and showers Tuesday, July 3, the extended outlook calls for dry weather.

One interesting note about Tuesday, July 3’s weather is that the snow level in the Washington Cascades was forecast to dip down between 5,000 and 6,000 feet. For sure, it will be a chilly start for camping and hiking over the holiday, to say the least.

It appears that we will be headed toward an El Niño event this fall and winter. The past two winters we were under the influence of its cousin, La Niña. For avid weather observers this signals a possible “dull” winter, when historically any major weather events often occur earlier in the season and weather after January is rather mundane. This also means the mountains may not enjoy the great snowpacks as the past few years. Time will tell.

Rainfall reports are coming in from your friends and neighbors for June and many are looking more like wintertime totals. It was the coolest and wettest June on record for many cities in Western Washington last month.

Forks had seven inches of rain and its third-wettest June, Seattle measured 2.96 inches and its fifth-wettest and Bellingham with 3.13 inches and No. 6. Vancouver ended up with 3.47 inches, 1.68 inches above average. The average mean temperature was 61.5 degrees, 1.8 degrees below average.

Enjoy your Fourth of July and get ready for the warm weather later in the week!