Weather Eye: A look back at October rain, a look ahead at winter conditions

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OK, before we go too far, let's review some rainfall for October from your friends and neighbors: I had 6.19 inches here in Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 11.66 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 15.29 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 6.14 inches; Irv St. Germain, S.W. Prune Hill, 7.43 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 20.75 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 6.21 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 8.00 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 13.35 inches; Dave Campbell, a mile west of Heisson, 7.71 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 10.90 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 8.91inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 10.47 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 10.08 inches; Phil Delany above Dole Valley, 16.80 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 9.05 inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 8.68 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 7.18 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 6.40 inches.

It made up for the past several dry months for sure. November so far is drier than average but I expect a good rain later today and Monday.

Weather observer Chuck Houghten of Hockinson Heights sends his regular winter prediction:

"A bit fuzzy this year!! Thus, I think likely we'll have variable conditions for late fall and winter. … Generally, I predict it may be an overall drier winter, with variable temps.

"… I think we may shift later this November and December to the cooler side of averages, so … perhaps low level snows, which could be significant if the timing is right. I think we could return to warmer and a bit drier than normal for January and February."

Thanks, Chuck!

The very best to veterans!


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