Weather Eye: Picture-perfect change of season

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Autumn rolled in at 7:49 a.m. Saturday under mostly clear skies, with Vancouver pretty close to 50 degrees. The outlying areas dipped into the 40s. It was a picture-perfect change of seasons here in the Pacific Northwest.

I expect dry weather all week before possibly a change next weekend. A cold front is scheduled to roll over us, with enough strength for some light rain but that may fizzle like all of its predecessors this month.

Meanwhile, enjoy highs in the 70s with varying degrees of morning clouds and sunshine.

Did you notice how heavy the air felt Thursday? It was cloudy all day except for a peek of the sun at sunset. There was no wind and I felt rather odd as if an earthquake or something was coming. But my two pups remained calm.

Congratulations to Tyler Mode of Battle Ground, a faithful weather observer for this column for many years. He won first place in a Weatherwise magazine contest with a picture of lenticular clouds over Mt. Rainier, taken a year ago on a hike at Washington's highest peak. Photos from that hike are at http://tiny.cc/gic2kw.

On the other side of the news, my heart is saddened by the loss of another great weather observer, Will Hayden of Vancouver. He reported his Five Corners-area rainfall and weather to me for decades. Not only did he love weather, he was a master woodcarver and many years ago tried to show me the finer art of making a piece of wood look like a Santa Claus. He passed away Thursday at age 79, and will be greatly missed. I will remember his motto: "Enjoy life … whittle away a little of your time."

Have a great week everyone and enjoy the autumn weather!

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