Weather Eye: As cold front blows out, we may see first 80-degree day of '13

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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The cold front advertised to move through Sunday did just that, but rainfall was nothing to get excited about — generally less than a tenth of an inch, although some areas had a little more. I recorded 0.03 of an inch here in Salmon Creek.

After a cool morning, today will see a high inching closer to normal — in the mid-60s. Wednesday through the weekend will be in the 70s with maybe an 80-degree day Thursday and possibly another day or two if things work out.

At least it will be dry into the weekend. Might be watering the lawns, and for sure the plants. We will end April nearly an inch below average for rainfall. This will be the second month in a row with below-average rain. March was 2 inches below average. It is nice to dry out but the mindset of watering hasn't sunken in yet.

Today and again Wednesday morning, lows will be in the 30s for many. Let me know if you get frost.

I might add that Sunday's cold front was stronger to our north, with the Puget Sound region getting from a quarter-inch to over an inch of rain in some areas. Snow also fell, in the range of 2-10 inches, in the Washington Cascades and Olympics.

So, bottom line: Beginning Wednesday, get the sunglasses, shorts and sunscreen ready, and think about firing up the barbecue for a nice taste of late spring/early summer weather.

I can see the fans and window air conditioners coming out of storage!A little Madness in the Spring is wholesome even for the King - Emily Dickinson.

Squeeze in some fun this week!

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist.

His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.