Weather Eye: Liquid sunshine in our forecast

Warm, dry days likely won’t return until next week




Patrick Timm

Ready for some of that wet stuff falling from the sky? If not, you’ll get wet anyway, as our sunshine has migrated to liquid sunshine for the next several days.

It is doubtful we’ll see 70 degrees again until next week some time, too. So cloudy, rain or showers, maybe a thunderstorm and hail. Did I leave something out? Oh yes, snow in the Cascades. That’s about it.

Parade weather for Saturday could be wet or might be dry. Scattered showers are unpredictable at best, so plan accordingly. The same forecast goes for the coast, as well, but I think they will have better weather over the weekend than here locally.

I see things are growing nicely in the gardens, so now nature will be watering your plants and garden for free. Sit back and enjoy. The past several weeks of dry and warm weather have helped local strawberries become available. Much better than out-of-state berries.

Looking at forecast models late Wednesday, we might stand a chance of drying out and warming up nicely about the middle of next week. We’ll see if they flip-flop as they tend to do. June is off to a good start weather-wise; I hear no complaints although I might by the next time I write this column. The forecast high for Friday is 62 degrees — 10 degrees below average.

Last year at this time I was writing about how fast things dried out and fire danger was high. The inland valleys had highs in the 90s with east winds. That wind made it all the way to the coast, where there was a fast-moving fire in the dunes on the north tip of the Long Beach Peninsula. We don’t often think about wildfires on the immediate coastline.

Low fire danger right now so no worries, but there is plenty of green vegetation everywhere, thanks to our wet weather earlier, that will eventually dry out as we get into the two driest months of the year, July and August.

Enjoy the freshet and we will chat on Sunday!

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