We just have to get through today and Friday and then the advertised cool-down will be underway. High pressure slides eastward taking the hot and dry air with it as well as that disgusting smoke, too.
A cool trough of low pressure from the colder waters of Alaska will slide down our coastline and push a weak system inland Sunday for a chance of showers — most likely our first measurable rain in some time. Today marks 55 days without measurable rainfall, which I believe is our third-longest dry spell in the record books.
Some areas may get only a trace and others a good soaking. We will have to see what the official rain gauge at Pearson Field reports. Temperatures will feel oh so nice down in the 70s Sunday and Monday. Below average for a change. Can you believe that?
After the brief interlude of refreshment, we get back up in the low 80s midweek. I see some forecasters are jumping on board with a gloomy Monday on Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse. I say it is too early for any accurate forecast. The outlook does call for cooler weather and more clouds than we have had the latter half of August, but as it gets closer we will know more.
It appears a multitude of people will be heading to Oregon to be in the path of the total eclipse. I remember one in my earlier days and seeing the street lights turn on — it was eerie. Back then, we just used smoked glass, not knowing the harm it might do to the eyeballs. Be sure and use approved glasses.
Driving around Clark County on Wednesday, I could really see the smoke hanging in the trees, shunting out part of the sunshine. I will be glad that exits the picture this weekend. It is too early to tell if enough rain will fall to ease the fire situation. I doubt it, as things are very dry. It may just settle the dust. Maybe I’ll be wrong and it downpours.
Enjoy the rest of the week, and we will chat on a much cooler Sunday.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.