Weather Eye: Sun will be bright for Mother’s Day

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Things are really looking up weatherwise for the Pacific Northwest and for Mother’s Day especially. Besides logging in our sixth weekend in a row of mainly dry and warm weather, it will be downright toasty on Mother’s Day, a great day for an outdoor barbecue or anything else. The air conditioners will be running!

Beginning today, a slow warm and dry period will begin, and by Saturday, the high will be 80 degrees plus or minus, and around 90 degrees Sunday and Monday. If Murphy’s Law holds, our string of nice weekends would end on the long Memorial Day weekend, but who knows?

We have had several mornings lately with rather cool temperatures, with many outlying areas of Clark County receiving frost and subfreezing temperatures. Phil Delany above Dole Valley once again this week dipped below freezing with 31 degrees.

A frost advisory was issued for overnight Wednesday into this morning, but my opinion was that only the outlying areas were at any real risk of freezing, and most of Vancouver proper would be chilly but safe from killing frost.

If you enjoy Northwest weather, a great opportunity to hear a little bit about weather forecasting in this neck of the woods will be presented by the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and OMSI at 10 a.m. Saturday. Cliff Mass from the University of Washington will be there presenting “The Future of Northwest Weather Prediction.”

The meeting is open to the public, and there is plenty of free parking. For more details, go to: http://www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon/.

Enjoy the summerlike weather this weekend, and I will see you Sunday!

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