Weather Eye: Holding pattern until midweek front

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist


photoPatrick Timm

OK, before we go too far let's review some rainfall from November, as promised, from your friends and neighbors. I had 3.34 inches here in Salmon Creek; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 8.14 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 3.66 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.92 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 16.72 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 9.60 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 3.21 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 4.45 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 4.35 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 2.87 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 6.41 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 3.61 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy 7.78 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 5.02 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 3.40 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 5.53 inches; Matt Sloan, Heights/South Cliff neighborhood, 2.76 inches; Murphy Dennis, near Rawson Road near Clark Rifles, 6.78 inches; Merle Moore, Yacolt, 7.92 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 4.44 inches; and Irving St. Germain, Prune Hill, 3.77 inches.

Rainfall amounts last month were well below normal for most observers and less than was reported in October — almost like the two months were switched around weather-wise. December is remaining on the dry side as well.

We are currently in the weather doldrums of winter with gray skies and cool temperatures. Not much change until a cold front drops down from Alaska and brings rain and much needed mountain snow Wednesday. Snow levels behind the front will be down to the foothills, but moisture will be waning. The snow pack is meager, to say the least. Skies may clear by late Monday or Tuesday if we get some easterly winds in here.

Any cold and snow heading our way? Nope, and if you are dreaming of a white Christmas, keep dreaming, wishing and hoping. That is all we can do at this point.

If you are thinking about any weather instruments for your home, there are many on sale right now, complete backyard weather stations at affordable prices. Check your variety, home improvement and garden stores. I saw a couple from $40 to $99 Saturday.