Weather Eye: Rain gauges were overflowing this holiday weekend

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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The three-day holiday weekend wasn't a total washout thanks to a mostly dry day on Sunday. We can forget Saturday and Monday as moderate rains threatened to overflow the rain gauge. As of 3 p.m. Monday I had recorded just over 5 inches of rain for the month. Officially, Vancouver was just shy of the 4-inch mark Monday afternoon. This month already has more rain than 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Weather observers around the outlying areas of Clark County have even higher amounts for the month. Phil Delany above Dole Valley reported Monday that he had measured 7.9 inches which was getting very close to his 8.10 inches he recorded in May 2012. He went on to say, "Last May we also had two days in the 80s. None this May. Last May is remembered as being real cool and wet. Meet May 2013." Of course he lives in a wooded higher elevation with temperatures generally cooler than the rest of us in the lowlands.

We struggled Monday to get into the low 60s while up north in Alaska they were basking in 70-degree-plus weather. In fact, the forecast for Fairbanks was 80 degrees! Something is backwards here.

The rest of the week will see more rain or showers before things dry out this weekend. There were some disagreement with forecast models when I was looking at them yesterday with some hinting of a nice dry stretch beginning this weekend with highs in the 70s and then 80s for next week. That would run right through Rose Festival and the Grand Floral Parade. So stay tuned and we will see how that materializes. We do need a chance to dry out, don't you think?

Keep dry, enjoy your week, and I will see you Thursday.

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