As forecast, clouds were a bit slow to clear Saturday but the afternoon was pleasant with temperatures in the 70s. Today we have some morning clouds but plenty of warm sunshine is on tap with highs in the low 80s. Monday we enjoy more sun and warmer temperatures in the mid to maybe upper 80s.
Glancing at the week ahead, we have high pressure over us but not quite strong enough to stop weak influences of marine air. Expect that at times to cause morning clouds, afternoon sunshine and maybe some drizzle here and there especially along the coastal strip. Highs Tuesday through Friday will be seasonal in the 70s. Not bad at all.
The storm that came through last Thursday was a doozy at the coast. Winds of 50 mph pelted the coastal communities and the rain was coming down horizontally. Between one and two inches fell, soaking the sandy beaches. It felt more like a January weather system.
Here locally, Vancouver had .62 of an inch out of it which brings our rainfall for June right up to normal as of yesterday. Weather watcher Phil Delany above Dole Valley had 1.60 inches on Thursday and Tyler Mode of Battle Ground recorded .84 of an inch. We were still running about one degree below normal on the average mean temperature but today and tomorrow should knock that one down to size. SeaTac Airport broke its daily record of 0.37 inches set in 1964 with 0.73 inches Thursday. This is the wettest June day in over 10 years. Thursdays rainfall set additional new records in many Washington cities.
I might add that more snow fell last week in the higher Cascades. I wonder if this will continue off and on all summer? I noticed the other day that the Weather Channel issued their July through September outlook and it called for our temperatures in Washington to be cooler than average. Interesting. Maybe not 100 degree highs this year? We’ll see.
Take good care and have a great Father’s Day!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.