Weather Eye: Today brings a short break in the recent summery weather




A temporary downturn in our pleasant summer weather will be upon us for a few days starting today. But no worries; it’s back to summer weather next week (summer officially begins June 21).

The low clouds I thought would be more persistent Tuesday burned off and we ended with another warm day, although down a notch from Monday. On Wednesday, we soared to 80 degrees with clear skies after a gloomy, overcast morning.

If some computer forecast models are correct, we could see a warm-up with highs in the 85-90 degree range. Great for sun worshippers, but bad for firefighters in the really dry areas of east of the mountains. With the expected showers today, there is also a risk of a thunderstorm here and there. Watch for lightning in the afternoon and evening hours if you are out and about.

Okay, before we go too far, let’s review some rainfall from May from your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 5.87 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 6.26 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 3.46 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 1.17 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 3.67 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 9.21 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 7.60 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 2.01 inches; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 3.31 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 5.27 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 3.35 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 3.20 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 3.37 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 2.59 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 4.86 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 3.32 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.80 inches.

June is off to a very dry start and not much is on the horizon outside of the next couple of days. It may be a wild ride with the fire season this year.

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