Weather Eye: Friday's heavy rainfall makes up for months of dry conditions

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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The seasons changed rather quickly Friday as the first of several weather systems moved inland. Rainfall amounts surpassed longstanding records locally and also in other locales. The weather front stalled over southwest Washington with rainfall amounts between one and two inches. More heavy rain was expected today and Monday, along with breezy conditions especially along the coast and in the mountains.

Columbus Day 2012 was the wettest Oct. 12 in more than 55 years but at least we didn't have the wind to contend with. There were scattered power outages reported, especially near Battle Ground, as heavy rain-soaked tree limbs touched power lines. Traffic in the greater metro area was also slow and heavy with ponding on the roadways and very slick conditions.

The outlook for the coming week calls for another round of rain Monday night and Tuesday and with a westerly flow of air we cannot rule out more storm development as time rolls on, so stay tuned.

During the day Friday I was outside, and it was a very chilly rain. I could see my breath as temperatures hovered near 50 degrees. I had to pull out my rain parka from the back of the closet, which felt a little odd after months and months of dry weather. Friday's rainfall was the heaviest one-day amount since last March. It was also nearly half of what fell in April of this year. Making up for lost time? I think so.

Still, longer-range climate models suggest drier than normal weather for the next three months. We'll still get some breaks in the weather.

Enjoy your week and keep the jacket and umbrella handy, especially Monday night and Tuesday, which could turn out blustery.

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