Weather Eye: July weather is proving to be anything but tame, settled

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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How I love that we can have seasons within seasons to delight the day away. Thursday night into early Friday we had quite a light show as thunderstorms moved over the Cascades and into the western valleys complete with scattered rains. At one time in Salmon Creek the raindrops were the size of quarters at least!

The lightning struck a large Douglas fir tree in Hazel Dell, opening a crack that you could see daylight shining through.

Amazing how something that has stood tall for decades can be struck down in a flash. And sadly, the tree was being removed. Another reminder not to shelter under tall trees in a thunderstorm -- get or stay inside!

Getting back to the seasons, yes it is summer but on my way to the ocean Friday afternoon, it appeared anything but. It was overcast in Vancouver but at Longview the skies let loose and I had my wipers on high speed. It rained or drizzled all the way to Astoria.

Crossing the Astoria-Megler Bridge, all I could see were October skies. The west-southwest wind howled up the mouth of the Columbia at 30-40 mph, bearing the rain sideways. The water below was choppy and dotted with whitecaps.

But no worry, the seasons changed again after some very brief morning clouds on Saturday and the Long Beach Peninsula enjoyed clear blue skies with just enough northwest breeze to lift the kites.

The next seven days we will see an early autumn dancing with summer. Some clouds, sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Enjoy your week.

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