Weather Eye: Rainfall totals below average but could soon start catching up

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Saturday was a good day for indoor activities like shopping at the mall or relaxing with a good book in front of the fireplace. I did a book signing Saturday afternoon at Vintage Books in the Heights, and I know there were many who ventured out in the rain and cold getting a new book to go home and do just that.

The forecast lends itself to more of the same as a few more showers gather today, with some steady rain Monday and Tuesday. The good news in the mountains is the higher ski slopes will build up a good base and maybe start operating by the weekend. This would be Timberline and Meadows. Snow that fell was nice powder; upcoming snow will contain more moisture.

Upwards of a foot of snow fell in the higher regions of the northern Oregon Cascades and between 1 and 2 feet in the central Cascades in Washington. Government Camp got lesser amounts of snow Friday night and Saturday, but with snow levels going up over 5,000 feet the next several days, much of that will wash away.

Rainfall amounts here in the western valleys were not all that impressive, generally one-quarter inch or less. The coast range had one-half to 1 inch, and the Cascades had about an inch of water equivalent.

We're nearing the homestretch for Thanksgiving still running below normal on rainfall. As of 5 p.m. Saturday at Pearson, the rain bucket showed 2.16 inches nearly three-quarters of an inch below average. Since the storms expected Monday and Tuesday are tapping tropical moisture we could catch up.

After Thursday's column, many readers asked about the next dry day to put up holiday lights and decorations. At this point I would say Thursday or Friday, but stay tuned.

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