Weather Eye: Clark County weather remains in holding pattern

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist


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There's certainly nothing to write home about weather-wise this week in Clark County. No ice, no snow, no sub-zero temperatures. Just, well, nothing really. Oh, and no rain either.

East winds are back for the next couple of days and should be more widespread across the region this go-round. This will keep that dreaded fog away — if any forms, it will be short-lived. If you have a chance to get away, the coastal weather will be superb. East winds will keep the low clouds at bay and afternoon temperatures will be between 50 to 60 degrees. The mountains will be nice, with above-freezing temperatures due to another inversion with warmer air aloft.

In my 23 years of writing this column, it is getting tough to find something to chat about. I could mention the severe winter weather the rest of the country is enduring. The drought conditions here in the West. And I could mention, as I do almost every column lately, that computer forecast models continue to advertise a break in our pattern but then keep pushing it off. Sooner or later, the pattern will change.

Looking at all the data Wednesday afternoon, I am thinking February may have a better chance to get some rainstorms in here and mountain snow but overall it will be a drier than average month. I hope I am wrong and we see tons of snow in the mountains.

Even in the doldrums of winter, with the cool and dry weather, I heard a lonely frog croaking in my backyard this week. If I could translate, he was probably asking me for some moisture. Sorry Charlie. I borrowed this comment from Battle Ground weather observer Pete Conrad. "As the song made popular by Doris Day in the 1950's goes, "Que Sera, Sera" (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)."

We shall chat on Sunday and maybe, just maybe, we will see some rain on the horizon. Have a good one!

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