Weather Eye: Expect uneventful start for 2014

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Happy New Year's Eve! Not much change is in the forecast for us. Perhaps some light rain or showers on Thursday and a few inches of mountain snow, but that system is already appearing to weaken, so we won't get much of out that one. Then back to high pressure for the weekend. As of this writing we are still in an air stagnation advisory, but with a little offshore of air later in the week that may be lifted for Clark County, at least.

We will sit here in the winter doldrums for some time unless computer forecast models come together on giving us an arctic outbreak and some snow. As I mentioned here many times lately, it comes and goes. Stay tuned, as usual.

OK, I can't resist this weather joke passed along to me. "What kind of pants do clouds wear? The answer is Thunderwear!"

Moving right along, our rainfall for December is going to be way below the average for the month. As of 5 p.m. Monday it was 1.51 inches, nearly five inches below average. That is a little more than the 1.12 inches recorded in October, which was also way below average. The precipitation is way upside down, with more rain in September and March. Usually November and December are the wettest months.

What did I have to say one year ago today in this column? "So a quiet start to the New Year. No solid signs of any cold arctic air heading our way. Enjoy ringing in the New Year on a dry note, a nice respite from three months of excessive rainfall. Vancouver had 7.65 inches so far this month."

All I can say is that it will be a quiet start to the New Year. We sure haven't had the three months of excessive rain or anything near the 7.65 inches of rain we had in December 2012.

Bottom line: clouds and fog and maybe light rain Thursday, then more of the same. Highs will be in the low 40s and lows in the low 30s. A quiet start to the New Year. Have a good one.

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