Weather Eye: Don't you love summertime around here? Honest, it's coming

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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I chuckled Saturday afternoon over a cartoon in my Facebook news feed. It said, "Summer in Oregon always begins on July 5th. Always has. Always will. Be patient. It's coming." Being just across the river from the Beaver State, that old saying generally holds true for us. Of course, there will always be some who complain but I rather enjoy a few interludes of rain. It sounds so nice at night and freshens the air.

To the north, the day slips a few, to maybe July 10 in Seattle. But Pacific Northwest summers are hard to beat.

Of course Saturday did not seem like summer, with moderate rain early in the day and even a quick coating of snow in the Cascade passes.

From midnight to 5 p.m. Saturday, I recorded 23 of an inch of rain bringing my monthly total to 3 inches. The official total for Vancouver at Pearson field was 0.53 of an inch. Rainfall was heavier the farther south you went; the Portland airport, usually the driest location, had 0.79 of an inch. Afternoon temperatures struggled but with a sunshine between 4 and 5 p.m., Vancouver had a high of 64 degrees.

Looking ahead the cool trough of low pressure exits the region by midweek, with Wednesday and Thursday the warmest, driest days. Extended forecast models hint another cool trough will drop down next weekend with more showers but that is still a ways off. The Fourth of July is still looking like delightful weather, but that is dangling even further out on a limb.

Enjoy the day and we will chat on Tuesday. Go outside and dance in the showers.

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