Weather Eye: March was wet; expect more of the same for April

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Just a couple of days to go, and we will be in the month of April. We are still waiting for our first 70-degree day, and we might have to wait a few weeks for that milestone at the rate we are going.

The weather outlook for the majority of those that have spring break next week is continued clouds and dampness, although we might be subject to April shower syndrome, so we might see some sun breaks, as well.

Thursday,March 29, will be quite stormy, especially along the coast, with high winds and a lot of rain. Locally, we should expect a breezy day and maybe an inch of rain by Friday night.

An upcoming weather meeting in April might be of interest to many. The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society will co-host, with Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter, a two-hour meeting at Portland State University with Oregon climatologist Phil Mote. The meeting, officially titled “The Scientific Case for Human Influence on Global Climate: What We Learn From Analyzing All The Evidence,” will explore humans’ role in global climate change. The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 and open to the public.

Andreas Schmittner, Oregon State University professor of oceanic and atmospheric sciences, and Christina Hulbe, professor of geology at Portland State University will join Mote as speakers.

I mentioned earlier that we might surpass the 6-inch mark in rainfall accumulation in Vancouver. I expected a little bit more rain Tuesday and Wednesday than what fell. A storm today should put us over the mark.

As of Wednesday afternoon, we had a little more than 5.5 inches in the bucket for March. In 2011, 6.78 inches of rain fell in the month in the area.

And with the clouds and not much sunshine, our mean temperature is 45.2 degrees, 2.5 degrees below average.

I have no complaints about that, but let’s hope things turn round a wee bit.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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