Weather Eye: September dry so far; climate talk set for Wednesday

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Saturday will mark the 50th day without measurable precipitation in Vancouver. That could extend another six or seven days unless we get measurable rain out of a weak weather disturbance late Sunday or Monday. We could get a trace of rain, but the coast most likely will get a bit more.

It will be hot today and Friday, with area high temperatures in the upper 80s. The most recent 90-plus reading we had was on Aug. 17. That followed a blistering 100 degrees the day before. We had quite a run of 90-plus days from Aug. 12-17.

Rainfall reports from your area friends and neighbors were pretty dry, with only a handful of observers reporting a few hundredths of an inch. Bob Starr of Cougar had .01 of an inch; William Sobolewski had .04 of an inch at Livingston Mountain; and Dan Hein on Prune Hill recorded just .02 of an inch. That was about it.

Joking, Dave Campbell of Amboy reported 6 inches of precipitation: "one drop every six inches for about two minutes with no drops even reaching the rain gauge." I guess we can call that a trace.

Tyler Mode reported that at his Minnehaha weather station, he recorded high temperatures of more than 70 degrees each day in August, a first since 1996, when he began records.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nate Mantua of the University of Washington will speak on the Pacific decadal oscillation, a pattern of climate variability, and what it means to us, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. The event is free.

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