Weather Eye: Rain coming, with brief gaps

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OK, before we go too far let's review some August rainfall from your friends and neighbors. Some years there is not much to report, but because of the good downpours at the end of the month, let's take a quick review and see what started the grass to green up.

I had 0.99 inch here in Salmon Creek (I have already surpassed that for September); Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 0.26 inch; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 1.09 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 0.95 inch; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, .85 inch; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 1.22 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 1.30 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 0.99 of an inch; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 1.67 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 0.75 of an inch; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 0.89 inch; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 1.65 inches; and Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 0.42 inch.

For the next week or so we will accumulate more rain as a series of weather systems rolls through, but with some breaks, so not a total washout. The action begins today with thunderstorms and periods of light rain or showers.

The fog and low clouds sure hung around more than forecast Thursday through Saturday, keeping our high temperatures more seasonal. The National Climate Center issued its outlook for the remainder of the month, and it calls for cooler than average and wetter than average. Goodness, autumn rains already?

So take advantage of the brief dry spells the next two weeks. Perhaps we will enjoy an Indian summer as we go into October. Officially, that term describes a period of warm and dry weather after the first frost. We have to kind of cheat on that here locally as the average first frost is much later in Vancouver. November sounds about right.

It will be nice to see a little dusting of snow on the Cascade peaks. Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens are about as bare as you will ever see them. Enjoy your week!


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