Weather Eye: Swelter across the West had even us too hot, humid

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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In my humble opinion, the best thing about Friday's weather was the stroke of midnight Saturday morning. That was a little too warm and muggy for this weatherman. I know, it's nothing like back East, but hey, I'm a wimp on heat and humidity.

Saturday was very pleasant -- still a bit sultry but at least cooler. Now we return to hot weather through Tuesday --hopefully with less humidity.

The Fourth, Thursday, looks great, with highs in the lower 80s and no rain in sight.

Scattered thunderstorms will be visible this week over the Cascades and as always a few may drift over us.

The aurora borealis (the northern lights) was seen early Saturday, especially around Battle Ground. Auroras are hard to predict, but this may continue; gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast has a forecast.

It appears Vancouver will end up pretty close to a normal June. Rainfall as of Saturday afternoon was 1.75 inches, 0.04 of an inch above average. The average mean temperature was 63.9 degrees, 0.7 of a degree above average. June was dry and warm for its first half and cooler and wetter the last half; May was the opposite.

Early Saturday afternoon, the desert southwest ranged from 110 to 125 degrees and climbing. Death Valley was expected to reach 130. Its all-time record, 134 degrees on July 10, 1913, is also the highest recorded temperature in Earth's history.

Keep cool!

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