Let’s review your friends’ and neighbors’ rainfall measurements from March.
I had 1.54 inches here in Salmon Creek( I have already surpassed that for April); Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 3.45 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 3.64 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 2.27 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 1.57 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 6.65 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 5.60 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 1.55 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 3.43 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 2.01 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 4.08 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 2.78 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 1.81 inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 1.90 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 3.78 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 2.36 inches; Jim Koll, Five Corners, 2.28 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 2.87 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 2.17 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 3.26 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mount Vista, 2.14 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield 3.50 inches.
A few comments:
Dan Hein had the sixth-driest March in his 49 years of weather records in Camas.
Dave Campbell: “Every little cloud that passed over but only dropped a drop or two, but enough to make the frogs start croaking.”
Jim Knoll: “All in all, it was a very good March, especially compared with the last couple of years.”
Larry Lebsack: “Enjoy the April showers.”
And I hope you are enjoying those April showers, as we had quite a few of them scattered about Saturday. Many fell while the sun was out in full force, enhancing the illumination and reminding me of a fairy tale scene.
It was on the cool side and that wind had a bit of a nip in it, enough to warrant the rain parka with the liner in it. Snow fell down to 1,000 feet early Saturday and the higher mountains continue to pile up the snow pack.
All good news.
Life and events go on here even with the rain. I noticed soccer and baseball games Saturday at Fuller Park, with diehard parents on the sidelines covered with plastic and brandishing umbrellas to cheer the kids on.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.