Weather Eye: Local conditions to stay warm, dry

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Now that we are about half-way through the month of July how are we doing weather wise? No surprise in the rainfall department, there haven't been any rains, not even a drop in the bucket. The average mean temperature is 68.5 degrees, 1.4 degrees above average. And that's despite a couple of chilly mornings in the 40s.

Warmer today through Tuesday with highs in the 80s and maybe a 90 here and there Monday or Tuesday. Then of course we dip down a bit and then back up by the end of the week. Easy going.

Looking at the extended weather outlook it appears we will continue the very dry and warm weather for quite some time. Alternating between seasonal temperatures and then a few bouts into the hot category but no periods of extremes into August. A bland summer weather pattern.

I could really get used to this type of weather very easily. Maybe we should adopt a countywide ordinance in favor of good weather. Why not?

The Sequim City Ordinance 95-009, Section 2.1 specifically prohibits "weather conditions that are detrimental to enjoyment of activities within the city." How about that for an ordinance? Now that may sound a little difficult to enforce, but that city lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and only receives about 15 inches of rain annually. So they do get a lot of dry and sunny weather.

Of course the incoming weather systems to our area would not pay heed to that one unless we threw up a 5,000-foot mountain range to our west!

I was looking through my books on weather lore for July. Not many, but not surprising either. A couple I found went like this: "If ant hills are high in July, winter will be snowy." And, "A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, but a swarm in July is not worth a fly."

See you on Tuesday.

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