Weather Eye: February shaping up as below average for rain, temps




Happy Valentine’s Day! Still not a whole lot of weather news to talk about. Some computer forecast models hint of cooler weather next week and maybe some low elevation snow but it could just be a bust. Not much moisture; not a lot of cold either. It looks like any chance for severe winter weather is about over.

With the month half over, how are we doing weather-wise for Vancouver? The average mean temperature is 42.8 degrees, .2 degrees below average. Precipitation as of 4 p.m. Wednesday is at .20 of an inch, nearly two inches below average. Another dry month for sure and perhaps we will end up close to average on the temperatures by the end of the month.

I wonder if March will come in like a lamb or a lion. If the current trend continues, we’re likely to see a sheepish start to March. I haven’t heard many complaints about the weather except most would like a bit more sunshine and warmer temperatures, while children would like to get a flurry of snow before spring arrives.

With the lengthening of daylight hours and daylight saving time beginning March 10, several readers wanted to know where to find the sunrise and sunset information. A nice chart by month is available on the National Weather Service website. Just click on Portland and the month you want and print out a calendar.

If you are curious about various weather conditions around our local area, a link on the Weather Underground site has them. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.