Weather Eye: Inversion will keep air in the lowlands cold, stagnant




After a chilly night and lots of clouds, the sun came out here in Salmon Creek about 3 p.m. but at 4 p.m., my high was only 32 degrees.

High pressure holds all week, with freezing levels rising to 9,000 feet Monday and Tuesday. That spells “inversion” for us — cool in the lowlands, warm in the mountains and at the coast. Lows will be in the 20s with freezing fog; highs will depend on when the fog and low clouds break up.

Let’s review December rainfall counts. The second entry is the 2012 total if given. I had 7.25 (52.83) inches here in Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 15.38 (91.23) inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 17.36 (105.72) inches; Tyler Mode, in Battle Ground, 9.61 (60.13) inches and in Minnehaha, 6.91 (46.18) inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 8.68 (47.54) inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 22.86 (158.80) inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 125.5 inches for 2012; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 8.42 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 13.27 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 9.80 (59.94) inches; Merle Moore, west of Yacolt, 15.59 (93.72) inches; Dave Campbell, west of Heisson, 79.72 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 12.96 (82.81) inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 10.94 (70.50) inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 12.68 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 9.84 (70.85) inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 10.53 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 9.53 (60.47) inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 10.81 (66.42) inches; Sandy Nesvick, east Vancouver, 10.65 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 9.10 inches.

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