Weather Eye: Warm weather to stick around for a few days

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Of course, clear blue skies and sunshine appeared after the weekend but, hey, we will take it. Afternoon temperatures were in the mid-60s (the warmest since April 3) and will be in the low to mid-70s today through Thursday. On Wednesday, we'll get some east winds.

I had one email from a reader saying that she forgot and didn't heed my warning in Sunday's column of possible frost on Monday morning. She lost her fuchsias in a basket on her deck. Overnight lows were in the 30s countywide — 35 degrees officially at Pearson Field, but the outlying areas had plenty of frost on rooftops and grass. One reader said he had to actually scrape ice off his windshield early Monday. This can still happen for the next couple of weeks for county residents.

In my neighborhood, there was patchy frost on the rooftops and I had a low of 32 degrees. My three pots of delicate annual flowers enjoyed a warm night inside.

With the clear skies, you could see the Cascade Mountains and the foothills where there is lots of white still down to some lower elevations. Snow on Silver Star? Yep, let that be your guide for any future frost episodes as mentioned here earlier.

The rest of the month looks to be on the dry side. We do have a chance of showers over the weekend and into early next week but most activity will remain north of us and any that does make it inland will be on the light side. Not too bad, I would say.

With the north wind kicking up Monday afternoon, I walked by several pink flowering trees and it appeared like I was walking through a snowstorm, with petals blowing everywhere. Very pretty, I think it was perfect weather for Earth Day.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.