Weather Eye: Average August ends beautifully

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It was a gorgeous Saturday around the great Northwest, clear skies and sunshine except low clouds and fog south of Seaside. Afternoon temperatures were in the upper 80s and I suspect a 90 here and there.

A bit cooler today, but still warm -- into the 80s, perfect for a barbecue. The weather system I mentioned here a few days ago is stalled off the coast and not moving inland as models predicted. So the chance for much rainfall on Monday is lower and temperatures should be in the 70s. We still keep a chance for showers through Tuesday. The low will remain off the coast and migrate as one of those pesky upper level lows. Where she goes nobody knows, ha, ha.

As schoolchildren begin their return to the classroom this week, skies will clear somewhat and highs will be in the 75-80-degree range. As the low finally decides to move inland, we could get some rain or thunderstorms by the end of the week, but that is a ways out.

August will go in Vancouver's record books as a fairly average month. The average mean temperature through Saturday afternoon was 70.1 degrees, about one degree above average. Precipitation totaled 0.85 of an inch, just about right. The biggest note was the warm nights we enjoyed (or endured).

Officially, we had only one day with a 90 degree reading (as of 5 p.m. Saturday) and that was 91 degrees on Aug. 6. There were 14 days with overnight lows at 60 degrees or higher. The warmest day was Aug. 6 and the coolest was Aug. 13, which got down to 53 degrees.I see green blades sprouting up in dry grass around the county and yellowing leaves along the roadways. Signs that fall are in the air. Enjoy your holiday weekend!


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