OK, there are two things we need to hash out in the weather department.
First off, yesterday’s high temperatures were ten degrees or so above what I expected. Middle 40s was my thinking but, although it may have felt chilly, we had temperatures around Clark County in the mid to upper 50s. How unusual is that for December with east winds?
Almost unheard of. See, weather forecasting is not always an exact science. I would expect daytime highs to tumble back into the 40s as the week wears on. And the easterly winds will continue until further notice.
It was gusty east of Interstate 205, and less so in west Vancouver and Clark County. I drove down I-205 and out Highway 14 Wednesday and it sure swayed the car at times. Two hands on the steering wheel, please.
The second thing, which I almost forgot after getting worked up over the 55-degree temperatures, is that we do not see any end to this weather pattern. A comment from Lou Brancaccio in his Tuesday column was, “That’s a beautiful forecast!” On the other side of that is comment, from George Tomlinson, “No more of the useless sun. Rain must come.”
Reminds me of the old saying, ‘Some like it hot and some like it not.’ I’m sure nature will make up for the prolonged sunny weather, like it or not. We are used to dark skies and rain this time of year, but I say let’s enjoy it while we can. Besides, as the old adage goes, “Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it.”
Another old saying is, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only different types of good weather.” I can see we all have different feelings and desires concerning the weather. I think I’ll get some interesting emails after writing these words.
I thought the sun felt really good, so I take things in stride even though a stretch of weather like this is like being in the winter doldrums for us weather geeks. I’m thinking the pattern could change the last half of the month and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a dose of real winter weather as the new year approaches. As usual, we keep the Weather Eye for you.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.