Finally, some moisture to settle the dust and add a fresh scent to the air. Don’t you love the smell of rain after a long dry spell? Heavenly. The rain was scattered in the form of showers and drizzle. I picked up a scant 0.07 inch by 3 p.m. Saturday. The official tally at Vancouver was 0.01 inch. Maybe you received a better dousing than I did.
The northwest flow of air will allow another low-pressure system to streak through today and tonight, so there is a chance of a little more moisture. Not a total washout, and we should see more sunshine than on Saturday.
The upcoming week looks like highs in the 75-80 degree range, maybe higher if we get clear skies and sunshine. Some forecast models show moisture making its way inland at times, so we could see some clouds and drizzle or sprinkles around, but it’s too early to pinpoint if and when.
Today is the last official day of summer for us weather and climate folks, as Sept. 1 always goes into the autumn months of the great collection of climate books. I’m about ready for fall; it’s kind of difficult not to adjust with the longer hours of darkness infringing on my enjoyment of sunny daylight.
It was a good run this summer. Statistics show it was the second- or third-warmest.
Despite the cool-down and afternoon temperatures holding in the upper 60s Saturday, August will go down in the record books in Vancouver as a warm and dry month. How warm? About three degrees above average. How dry? Depending on how much rain makes it in the bottom of the bucket today, it could be very dry. About three quarters of an inch can be expected in August compared to 0.02 of an inch total this month as of 3 p.m. Saturday.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.