At least we had some cooling Friday after two days of highs over 100. Sounds strange to come outside and say “Hey, it’s only 90 degrees feels pretty cool.” Of course, our string of dry days continues and Saturday’s high as of 5 p.m. was only 88 degrees.
Enough cool air flowed inland as a weather system dropped down east of us from Canada. The smoky skies cleared out as well so that was a big bonus. High pressure rebuilds today and the ocean air retreats back to the coast; it warms up again into the 90s for the next several days. Some smoke may reappear if we get any kind of a northeast flow aloft.
The wild card in this weather pattern of continued hot and dry is a rotating low off the California coast. If it decides to move north or east, that could trigger a mass of thunderstorms over Oregon and Washington. If that should happen, cooler ocean air penetrates the western valleys and we go back to somewhat average temperatures. Keep tuned to the latest weather discussions for this possibility.
With the rush of cooler air inland early Saturday morning, Tyler Mode of Battle Ground had a low of just 45 degrees. About 60 degrees cooler than Thursday’s high temperature in Vancouver! The coastal areas had a good deck of morning clouds but plenty of afternoon sunshine yesterday. More sunshine shines on the coast today as we heat back up into the 90s.
So I guess we will see how the upcoming week goes, probably hot and dry but keep a close weather eye out to the south and southwest for that pesky low in California.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.