Weather Eye: With summer less than a week away, skies delivering surprises

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Saturday was sure a mixed bag of weather with clear skies, then varying amounts of clouds, warm temperatures and eventually thickening clouds and darkening skies towards late evening with light rain on tap.

It was an excellent day for cloud watching as, I believe I noted nearly a dozen different cloud types, ranging from cumulus to the far north early on to altocumulus and cirrus overhead and several others in between.

The jet stream was just to our north Saturday and an active cold front was swinging through southern British Columbia and northern Washington. The Puget Sound region had light rain most of the day and also the central and northern Washington coast.

My friend and fellow weather observer, Roland Derksen of Vancouver, B.C., sent me an email Saturday commenting on the wet and gray skies that day in the other Vancouver. He remarks, "Hi Pat: Well, it's back to low overcast skies and steady (if not heavy) rain today. Hard to believe summer is starting in less than a week. I was reminded lately of the recently deceased writer Ray Bradbury who wrote in his introduction to the short story collection 'October Country' the following, '… that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay.' Boy, he must have visited Vancouver sometime in his life!"

In Thursday's column I mentioned Father's Day would be nice for a BBQ but also noting the rain belt would be just to our north.

Enjoy Father's Day anyway!

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