Weather Eye: We may get through the rest of June without really hot weather

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Skies were mostly cloudy Saturday, with a few late-afternoon, widely scattered showers over a few parts of the county — mainly the foothills. Temperatures continued to run below the season normal. Look for more clouds today through Tuesday with scattered showers and cool conditions. Expect more snow in the higher elevations, so if you are going hiking or camping in the mountains, factor that in. It will be chilly.

Last week, I was thinking we could see a good warm-up midweek, but forecast models took that away and keep us under a north-to-northwest flow. Not all bad, but not like we had the past two weeks or so. In fact, we may get through the rest of June without any really hot weather.

Fine with me.

Rainfall amounts Thursday and Friday generally were a quarter to a half-inch around Clark County. Of course the foothills received more, with more than an inch reported. Officially through 5 p.m. Saturday, Vancouver had received 0.28 of an inch of rain so far this month. That is 0.70 of an inch below average.

I don’t expect any heavy rain the next few days. Some areas had intense rain flooding local streets late last week. I was caught under one such heavy downpour, and those raindrops must have been the size of half-dollars and bounced three feet off the ground. Quite a spectacle.

My hanging strawberry basket has berries that are turning red thanks to the mild weather and a few welcome sunbursts. I can hardly wait.

What are you doing for Father’s Day? Don’t let the clouds and scattered light showers get to you. Barbecue, or just go out for a walk anyway.

The weather won’t be all that bad. Enjoy!