Weather Eye: Drier than average a theme that won’t end anytime soon

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Last month overall was cold and dry. So far this month it is averaging warm and dry. We continue that theme of dry. No rain the rest of the week, maybe a little early on in the weekend, but then basically drier than average through the end of the month.

The couple feet of snow was a welcome relief in the Cascades, but freezing levels are back up there, and some of that will be melting off, especially at pass levels. Warm air aloft will cause us to go back into an inversion period. A little east wind midweek may help us locally to keep the fog and low clouds from lingering, but we will have to wait and see.

Rainfall as of 5 p.m. Monday for the month in Vancouver was at 1.87 inches, about two-thirds of an inch below average. Rainfall amounts for the weekend totaled about an inch here in the city to more than 3 inches in the foothills. The wind was generally not a problem, but in exposed places and in higher elevations reports of fallen trees dotted the countryside.

Today's chuckle includes this from a reader who learned of an observation by her friend in Northern Michigan. Her friend commented, "It's so cold here, I saw a teenage boy with his pants pulled up." I guess that is really cold considering how some youth wear their pants barely hanging on. Of course you heard the story of the escaped prisoner who turned himself in after spending a couple of nights outside when it was 20 degrees below zero.

One reader asked me if he could take the studs off his car or whether more winter snow and cold may occur. At this point I foresee nothing this month, and right now for February the climate folks are predicting dry and mild. So, unless you travel up to the mountains, why run your car with studded tires?

Enjoy the weather quietude this week, and we shall chat again on Thursday!


Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.