All kinds of weather action around the state Wednesday with a waterspout off Grays Harbor, heavy downpours, hail and gusty winds, mostly north of Clark County. Let's not forget snow that fell in the higher ski areas and on some Washington Cascade passes such as Stevens Pass.
Locally, Mount Hood Meadows had a foot and a half of snow on its upper slopes. As skies clear later today and Friday you will see a nice coating of white on our Cascade peaks in our realm of vision. The webcam Wednesday afternoon showed snow on Mount St. Helens. Of course snow in October doesn't last but snow in November continues to grow.
We will have another mini-dry spell through most of Saturday and some snow that fell will melt away. Another low from the Gulf of Alaska will drop down Sunday for a return to cooler and wetter weather. Long-range charts indicate a drying and warming trend by midweek next week. How long that will last is anyone's guess at this point. Not good consistently in the computer models.
With skies clearing Tuesday night there was an unexpected showing of the northern lights that was visible to many in Clark County away from the bright city lights. It sure felt chilly Tuesday night trying to view the event. Autumn is definitely here, folks.
Speaking of chilly, with clear skies and lower humidity tonight some areas will see frost early Friday and many neighborhoods will dip below the 40-degree mark. Factor that in if you still have delicate plants outside.
I don't know about having a week of Indian summer this month, of course it's still possible but if the current weather pattern persists, chances remain slim. Stay tuned as always.
This month is NOAA Weather Radio Awareness month as part of the state's disaster preparedness month. Every household should have a weather radio as not just weather news and alerts are broadcast. Any disaster or emergencies can be heard.
Enjoy the brief respite and I will chat with you on Sunday!