Weather Eye: The rain is back, and will be cooling down our week

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Although we didn't make it with our seventh dry weekend in a row, we did manage six and one-half. And actually Sunday wasn't that bad locally — a little light rain here and there enough to settle the dust from our two-week dry spell but I think everyone enjoyed a great weekend.

Rainfall amounts were quite light, generally under a tenth of an inch or so. Most ball games were played Saturday and Sunday. The Hazel Dell parade was dry and warm. We will take it. And the thick cloud cover cleared during the height of the eclipse, allowing a filtered view that turned out rather nice for some viewers around the county. I got a good glimpse of it.We will continue with periods of rain and clouds the remainder of the week with some more heavy rain today. As of 5 p.m. Monday, I had measured 0.54 of an inch of rain at my home in Salmon Creek. The official amount for Vancouver was about half that.Coastal regions received about an inch of rain on Monday. As cooler air aloft moves overhead tonight and Wednesday, the snow level will drop with possible wet snow at pass levels. The higher peaks of the Cascades could receive a foot or more of new snow. Factor that into your plans if you are heading out for a hike.The long Memorial Day weekend was looking dry and warm last week but on a closer look it seems it will be cool -- either dry and cool or wet and cool; we'll wait until Thursday to sort that one out.

I mentioned here the other day that we were running way behind in the rain department, but now we are back up to normal and after the next two days we will most likely be above average, like we were earlier in the month.

We are just about at normal for the temperature, but that will slip to the negative column as we endure below-average highs.Enjoy your week, and I will see you on Thursday! Keep dry.

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