Weather Eye: Temperatures will start to cool down soon, really

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist


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It was another hot day Monday. You keep hearing us weather guys telling you about a cool-down in high temperatures and yet it remains at 90-plus degrees. Want to trade places?

Okay, get your favorite beverage and let's chat a few moments. Make mine iced tea, please. It will, I promise, cool down this week to more comfortable levels as marine air rushes in later today and tonight. Still, it will be above normal today but much more tolerable the rest of the week. Yes, we still anticipate those pleasant morning clouds to make their appearance.

No rain on the horizon and I still think we get back in the hot category Sunday and beyond, although it may not last for too many days this time around. We'll see.

While the West swelters in summer heat thanks to an area of high pressure over the Rockies, it remains cooler than average for the eastern half of the country. In the northeastern states, overnight lows have been reported in the 30s in some locales. August, really? They'll get a few hot days, but the persistent western high pressure ridge directs cooler air down into the eastern portion of the country along with rain showers. Lucky them.

The only hurricane activity we see continues to be in the Pacific southwest of Baja. On the flip side, the Atlantic hurricane action is slow. Dry Sahara Desert air pooling west of Africa accounts for a lack of favorable conditions for tropical storms to develop. Good news on that front.

Back home, the heat is good for east-side watermelons. I had my first one over the weekend — nice and juicy! A friend of mine commented that over the weekend he could stand outside after sunset and just hear his garden growing. Snap, crackle, pop. The corn responds well to nighttime lows in the 60s and 70s. Ripe tomatoes anyone?

Take care and we will chat Thursday under those morning clouds. Nice.

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