Weather Eye: April shaping up as improvement over soggy March




Okay, before we go too far, let’s review some rainfall from March as reported by your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 12.09 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 16.56 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 7.57 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 6.85 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 7.62 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 24.74 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 17.10 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 7.36 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 7.71 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 13.49 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 7.52 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 6.86 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 8.82 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 8 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 7.28 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 10.88 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 11.03 inches; Sandra Nesvick, east Vancouver, 6.5 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 7.40 inches.

Some comments from the observers: Knoll: “This is some drought we’re in. I received 8.82″ of rain in March. Where I once lived in the Yakima Valley this was average annual rainfall. So enjoy whatever weather comes along for if it was all the same there wouldn’t be any weather watchers.”

Delany, “Our March rainfall was 17.10 inches. I think the drought is over, it keeps getting wetter each month. Hope that trend doesn’t continue.”

Dave Campbell, “The month of March – what can you usually say? Wind, showers and once in a while sunshine. Birds singing, frog choruses, buds swelling and a very sincere promise of spring! Well, this March, a little different. Rain, buckets of it, frog croakers and stranglers, visions of cats and dogs pouring down, squishy lawns that really need their first mowing, but wait, a hint of sun and not very much frost. Maybe April will be better?”

Oh, I think April is better — much better. No complains about more clouds and showers in the forecast this week.

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