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




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