Weather Eye: Spring is already in the air, along with abundance of raindrops

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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It certainly didn't take long once the heavy rains started midday Wednesday to fill my retaining pond in our subdivision. It also didn't take long for a loud chorus of frogs to start their chanting. And, a pair of lucky ducks swiftly stopped by to test the waters.

One little chuckle: I walked my young granddaughter, Ocean, out to the retaining pond the other evening to listen to the frogs. I told her to watch me. I yelled out "QUIET," and lo and behold, they all stopped. She was impressed. I hurried her back inside quickly before I lost my powers.

Ah, it must be spring. I know, I know, the calendar says spring is a couple of weeks away but we are definitely into the meteorological aspect of spring. With that comes more rain and showers in the forecast through the weekend. If we are lucky, we squeeze out one dry day.

Signs of spring are bursting out everywhere. Flowering cherry trees are showing a bright purple sheen of buds. I saw bunches of daffodils blooming and I know the grass is greening up and growing. I even saw a quick peek of a rainbow earlier in the week.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, I had recorded 1.11 inches of rain since midnight and it was still coming down. The outlook between now and all of next week is for more heavy rain at times, especially next week. March is going to be a soaker.

We will have heavy showers at times, maybe a thunderstorm today but drying Friday and early Saturday. I think the March lion was just a day or two late in his arrival. With the windy and rainy conditions, he is still with us.


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