Weather Eye: Weak system not expected to bring along much rain




Enjoying the January Doldrums? Pretty quiet weather-wise in our area compared to other parts of the country. But that is OK, we could be soaking wet like our friends to the north experienced Sunday and Monday.

A rash of flooding, road washouts and landslides. The worst in many years, which Clark County barely escaped. The way weather flip-flops I suppose we will get a major weather event at some point, but not in the foreseeable future.

Another weak weather system rolls in Friday and Saturday but not much rain. Maybe some showers early next week but nothing major is forecast at this point. I didn’t like the dense fog Tuesday so it was nice to have sunny skies Wednesday.

You could easily see the results of the inversion over us with highs in the upper elevations in the 50s and 60s. Enough for an air stagnation advisory. Hopefully the weak weather system slipping through will break that up by mixing the atmosphere.

The January through March outlook by the Climate Prediction Center shows above-average temperatures in Western Washington and most likely below-average rainfall. That translates to low snowpacks as well. The snowpack in the state’s southern Cascades is only about 35 percent of normal for this time of the year. Pray for snow!

Have you noticed the rapid growth of green moss? It is growing everywhere — on road surfaces, sidewalks, etc. A little birdie told me the trees in Spokane are dotted with robins chirping away. A little early? Is winter weather gone for good?

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