Weather Eye: Keep one hand on your hat as another blustery storm rolls in




Our weather pattern has been making up for lost time with one storm after another, adding snow in the mountains and rain in the lowlands. Rivers and streams were running high but so far no serious flooding.

I saw “water over roadway” signs in numerous locations in the county Monday. Salmon Creek was running high with a rich brown gravy color. A littering of tree limbs and debris dotted the highways and streets as strong southerly winds gusting to 50 mph pelted the area. A Facebook friend posted this early Monday: “It is raining, no pouring no, pounding outside.”

We are running above average in the rainfall department so far this month with more than 3 inches in Vancouver. About 11/2 inch fell from midnight to 5 p.m. in Vancouver alone, more in the foothills.

Another wet and blustery storm rolls through today with yet another wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service. Fun, huh? A winter storm warning is up for the Cascades with more feet of snow. Unsettled weather remains with us until the weekend, when things quiet down as a progressive ridge of high pressure takes hold.

An interesting fact about the wind from Sunday night’s storm: The peak gust at Portland International Airport was 55 mph, the strongest gust since January 2000. The peak gust at Pearson Field in Vancouver was 41 mph.

Wind speeds today should be a bit lower although plenty gusty at midday when the heaviest rain moves inland. Hang on to your hat one more time, and we’ll chat Thursday.

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