Weather Eye: Soggy weather may dry out by the weekend

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Rain? Yes, it is in the forecast this week. Good news? Maybe Saturday will turn out dry. How’s that?

The storm over the weekend was a doozy in Puget Sound, with high winds. Guess we live in the banana belt. It has been quite a while since we had a windstorm. No windstorms are heading our way, just more rain and showers.

The Cascades picked up a good shot of snow, with Government Camp reporting nine inches on the ground early Monday. However, higher freezing levels had turned the snow into rain by Monday evening.

Some rain was expected to fall higher up on the mountain at Timberline but change back to snow later on. At least we are getting an early start on the snow season this November. I still believe as the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, there will be lots of mountain snow and the ski season will be underway.

Lots of very cold air from the north is expected to dump into the Gulf of Alaska next week at this time and will likely spawn some good storms, with windy and wet conditions and mountain snow. If the cold air were to flow further east, we would get quite chilly but dry. So our first battle of the air masses is arriving soon. Stay tuned to see how things go.

I know we’re only a few days into November but rain-wise we are running close to normal as of 5 p.m. Monday. The average mean temperature is also about average at 49.5 degrees — nothing too exciting so far. But as I have indicated, I think the last half of the month will be worth writing home about.

Enjoy your week and we will chat on Thursday.


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