Weather Eye: Some dry warm days ahead, but spring break's always variable

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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It was a benign day Saturday, with clouds and some occasional light rain. Nothing to write home about. For once, there were no watches, warnings or advisories on the weather map.

High pressure slowly builds in later today bringing drier and warmer weather through Tuesday — Monday now looks like the warmest day, with a high in the 70s. Last week, it looked like we could see a few days in the 70s this week, but alas, it is spring break.

Rainfall reports are coming in from your friends and neighbors for March and as expected are quite impressive. One observer reports nearly 25 inches — can you guess where? Even so, our drought is still not over, statistically.

So how goes our weather this coming week with all the kids out and about? Dry and warm Monday and Tuesday, maybe showery Wednesday and Friday, but the forecast is in flux. Computer models want to keep most of the rain to our north and allow us to have a dry weekend as well. But as usual, April fools us one day at a time, so stay tuned.

Another weather change over at KOIN-TV, Channel 6, where Bruce Sussman's last weather broadcast was Thursday.

I almost got into TV weather years ago. It is a cutthroat business in regards to the arrival of a new news director, new station owners or the viewer ratings. It's been a while since TV weather folks last changed around — when Dave Salesky went from KGW to KATU and Rod Hill went from KATU to KGW.

We'll see who replaces Bruce. I hear that a person from out of our area will arrive soon. Best wishes to Bruce.

Enjoy the week if you are lucky enough to be off with the kids. See you on Tuesday!