Weather Eye: Heavy June rainfall surprises residents




Let’s review some rainfall amounts from June provided by your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 7.23 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 4.29 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 3.11 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 5.73 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 3.45 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 3.15 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 4.06 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 5.31 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 6.05 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 7.55 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 7.80 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 5.81 inches; Irving St. Germain, Prune Hill, 6 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 4.48 inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 4.6 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 6.27 inches; Barry Fizthum, Amboy, 5.08 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 3.84 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 4.31 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 3.50 inches.

You will notice that some of the rainfall amounts were heavier than the rainfall for May. Go figure.

“I was surprised at how wet June was this year, but I had 4.31 inches of rain this June and that was my third wettest since 1996,” Knoll said. “Just when I thought I was going to have to water again regularly, nature took care of that for me. But I think that I’d rather be in control of how much water my plants get. And I can let the lawn dry out and not have to mow it so often.”

“Yep, July 5 and summer’s here,” Lebsack said. “Took a while, tomatoes are only two feet high, cantaloupe is breaking into growth, raspberries are coming on too fast, corn is only one foot tall (should be knee-high) but glad summer’s finally arrived.”

“The weeds are growing so fast I can hear them!” Moore said.

“Ended up measuring 5.81 inches for the month, the 4th wettest in this area since 1965,” Hein said.

“The first six months of 2012 is ahead of 2010 by 4.86 inches,” St. Germain said. “Big question is what the rest of the year is going to be?”

Good question Irving.

The next week looks great, however, with highs in the 80s clear through the weekend. Enjoy summer at its finest here in the Pacific Northwest.

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