Weather Eye: A brief sprinkling of showers may end our long dry streak
Sunday, September 9, 2012
A southwesterly flow aloft brought moisture and a few scattered thunderstorms Saturday afternoon over Clark County. A few sprinkles even accompanied the lightning and thunder.
It was short-lived, but trailing behind were marine clouds off the coast that will dominate our weather today. Another front, this time from the northwest, will approach tonight and Monday for a brief light rain or showers.
Some areas, mostly to our north, could pick up between a tenth- and a quarter-inch of rain. Temperatures will plummet and feel a bit chilly.
After Monday's front, high pressure reloads and gives us another round of very nice late-summer weather. If we get east winds, we could bounce back into the 90s later in the week.
Friday's high of 95 degrees was hot but no record.
Seattle's 90 degrees was just the 11th high of 90 degrees or better in September since records were kept at Sea-Tac. In downtown Seattle, where records go back to 1891, it was only the 13th! The Emerald City is experiencing its second-longest dry spell, with Saturday making 48 days.
It was hot Friday even on the Washington Coast. Hoquiam's 92 degrees surpassed the 1958 record of 89 degrees.
Saturday's highs were in the low 80s locally and felt a little muggy. We have enjoyed 10 days this year with highs at or above 90 degrees; the average year brings about 13-14 days.
I cleaned my rain gauge Saturday in anticipation of a little moisture and it was covered in spider webs after 50 days without rain!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.