Weather Eye: Warmth today, heat Monday may lead to a cool week

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Typical summery weather returned Saturday with a few patchy clouds and hazy afternoon sunshine. Temperatures were a bit above normal and will remain warm today — and maybe near 90 Monday.

Satellite video showed a nice cold front crossing the Gulf of Alaska; it may visit us late Monday. Not much rain, but more clouds and cooler — highs in the 70s. Scattered thunderstorms, mainly along the mountains, and maybe drizzle at the coast. The cool-down may last all week.

Normally, I wouldn’t report July rainfall, but we had a few good downpours: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 2.35 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 0.59 of an inch; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 1.01 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 0.63 of an inch; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 1.13 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 2.29 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 1.70 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 0.63 of an inch; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 0.90 of an inch; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 1.95 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 1.17 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 1.14 inches; Matt Sloan, McLoughlin Heights, 1.02 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain,1.52 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 0.95 of an inch.

In comparison, last week’s mountain thunderstorms deposited more rain in minutes than many had in all of July.

Many flash floods roared down small streams and dry gulches. A dry creek bed can become a muddy river where it never rained. It is running from under those dark clouds miles away.