OK, before we go too far let's review some rainfall from January, as promised, from your friends and neighbors. I had 3.30 inches here in Salmon Creek; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 9.97 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 4.43 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.95 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 14.70 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 2.86 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 4.96 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 5.00 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 3.06 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 3.68 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 6.72 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.20 inches; Matt Sloan, Heights/South Cliff neighborhood, 3.34 inches; Merle Moore, Yacolt, 10.08 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 3.94 inches; and Dan Hein, Camas, 4.45 inches.
Saturday was a classic Pacific Northwest winter day with heavy rains and high winds. Coastal communities had winds between 50 and 80 mph and very high surf crashing against the beaches. Wish I was there!
Locally, we had moderate rains and blustery conditions as winds picked up in the evening hours. More rain tonight and Monday with blustery winds, maybe stronger than Saturday. Snow levels drop with heavy snow in the mountains down the pass levels. As the week wears on the snow level will drop down to below 1,000 feet. We could see snowflakes mixed in or even a wet snow shower here in the lowlands if we get enough cold air by Thursday. There will be snow in our foothills soon for sure — this time a wet snow, no powder. The snowfall in the Cascades will be measured in feet over the next five or six days.
The frogs are enjoying the mild, wet weather; their croaking can be heard almost everywhere if you listen closely. I see pussy willows are out and spring bulbs busting upward toward the heavens. Before long spring will be with us.
Jim Knoll summed it up a while back this way: "One more thought on the poor groundhog. You know if you think about it, I mean really think about it, 'six more weeks of winter' and 'spring just around the corner' are exactly the same thing."