Weather Eye: We’ll push 80 degrees Monday, then get back to instability

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It is hard to believe April is almost over. Maybe it is all the passing April showers that make things go fast. Regardless, time marches on and so does our progressive weather pattern.

Things settle down tonight, and warm air aloft moves overhead enough to push high temperatures Monday near 80 degrees. A repeat of last Monday? Maybe. It won’t last, as forecast charts indicate the temperatures cool again throughout the coming week and unsettled weather is once again upon us with showers, sunshine, rainbows and hail.

Kind of reminds me of my washing machine cycle: wash, rinse, repeat, etc. And so it goes with our weather. Looking at the webcams Saturday morning, I saw heavy, wet snow clinging to the trees at Government Camp, but the roads were in good shape. That snow will melt quickly today, and by Monday afternoon, not a trace will be seen.

Higher elevations such as Timberline received 8-10 inches of snow the past few days. That will disappear like a stream in the desert Monday, but with another cold air mass sliding down this week, more snow showers are in the offing.

So how many April showers ended up in the official rain gauge in Vancouver so far this month? As of Saturday morning, 1.75 inches, about 0.9 inch below average. We would need about an inch and a half between now and midnight Thursday to come even.

Although the main urban area is out of frost danger, the outlying areas are still susceptible if skies clear during the chilly air masses. Planting warm weather crops is always best around Mother’s Day. If that is later than your neighbor’s planting, no worry: yours will catch up quickly.

See you Tuesday.