Weather Eye: Showers probably don't signal a major change

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Not much change in the weather department from what we chatted about Sunday. So, lots of clouds and a chance of showers at times, although amounts will be light. We did receive about a tenth of an inch or less on Sunday around Clark County. Not much, barely enough to settle the dust for long, as things are really dry.

The Labor Day weekend is still up in the air as some computer models keep it cloudy, cool and wet and some more optimistic. We'll hold on for a couple of days. Sunday's rainfall was the first since the first of August, bringing my total here in Salmon Creek to a tenth of an inch.

Monday was pleasant despite the clouds and highs approached the 80-degree mark. As I write this column at 5 p.m. there was a band of rain moving inland from the coast and the clouds were getting dark to the west. Still, amounts were expected to be light.

I guess this kind of gets us ready for autumn and the eventual change in the weather. No worry, though, we will have plenty of pleasant weather in September, even some 80-degree weather, maybe 90 even. October can be nice as well, at least the first couple of weeks. At some point there it seems like the season changes abruptly, with cool temperatures and weather systems rolling in every 48 hours or so. And let's not forget the wind. Expect more of that soon.

I didn't report local rainfall for July as many observers had none to report. Even the wet spot at Cougar, Bob Starr only measured .01 of an inch. He has measured 119.51 inches, however, since the start of the water year on Oct. 1, 2012. And 52.64 inches since Jan. 1, 2013. The winner was Bill Sobolewski on Livingston Mountain with .04 of an inch.


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