Weather Eye: Rain could stick around through Memorial Day weekend

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

Published:

 
photoPatrick Timm

Wednesday afternoon temperatures around Clark County were still in the 40s, with Portland being the coldest major city in the U.S. at 48 degrees. Due to my deadline for this column, I cannot pass along whether it was the coldest high temperature for the date or not. The high may have crept up enough to spoil that record.

The steady rain began to let up a little around 3 p.m., and that was good news, but not before one-third to one-half inch was in the rain bucket. Pretty good for late May. On Tuesday, Vancouver recorded .40 of an inch. With Wednesday's rainfall, we are making a dent in the below average rainfall for the month. As of Tuesday, we were running .98 of an inch below average.

Showers will continue today, and there's a chance of showers in the forecast all the way through the Memorial Day weekend. It won't be a washout, and there will be plenty of clearing periods and some areas may get little if any rainfall, but I think there will be showers around for sure.

Looking ahead to next week, as the last days of May dwindle away, more rain is on tap -- not just showers but steady rain. We may end up close to or above normal for rainfall, which would be a complete turnaround from the forecasts, so stay tuned.

So time for true confessions: How many of you turned the furnace on yesterday? Or fired up the wood stove or fireplace? I read on Facebook that many local residents did but I won't mention any names here. OK, I admit my furnace came on, but looking at my weather station and seeing a 39 degree temperature early Wednesday with a steady rain, it was justified.

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