After four days with highs only in the 30s, I managed to creep into the low 40s Saturday at my home in Salmon Creek. Now if I could just get rid of this fog and low clouds. It appears our inversion will intensify today but not reach the limits of last week. The system that moved through Friday afternoon did little to clear things up — only a few sprinkles.
Things won't change too much until maybe later in the week when, computer forecast models hint, several storms will roll in with rain and mountain snow. We can only hope.
I looked at the Mount Hood Meadows webcam Saturday, and there were folks skiing under clear blue skies! About 2 feet of snow was on the ground.
Tyler Mode emailed that he was celebrating 18 years of weather observations at his Minnehaha weather station off St. Johns Road. In the past 18 years he has measured 650 inches of precipitation and 112 inches of snow. His highest temperature was 105 degrees on July 29, 2009, and his lowest 7 degrees on Feb. 2, 1996. Highest wind gust was 77 mph on Jan. 16, 2000. I know many weather observers with long-term records, and they report their monthly rainfall here to this column every month. It is amazing when one adds everything up over a long period of time that also makes it interesting. Thanks for sharing, Tyler.
December will go in the record books as a cold month. Normally our wettest month, it will be one of our driest months this year. Forecast models keep trying to bring cold and snowy weather our way out some 7-10 days but keep backing off.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.