Weather Eye: Back-to-back dry days, please?

The good news: Our chance of rain will soon diminish

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Patrick Timm

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head. … Yes, the rain is still with us, but I may have some good news. Meanwhile, the rain gauge in Vancouver has topped 7 inches for March and was at 7.07 inches as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The river gauge at Vancouver is still running slightly over 17 feet and will be above the 16-foot flood stage for the next week or so at least. The river is running a gravy color with all the debris and mud in it. We haven’t seen the river this high in Clark County since the late 1990s. It means a great water year thanks to abundant snow in the Canadian and Northwest mountains.

It sure would be nice to get more than one day without rain — at least two or three, please? High pressure does build in later today, which will promise a dry day on Friday. There may be fog or low clouds to start in some areas that will keep highs down. Earlier, it looked like highs from 65 to 70 degrees Friday and Saturday. That was wishful dreaming.

It should reach 60 degrees at least, and also on Saturday, before clouds increase ahead of another weather system that will bring showers late Saturday or early Sunday. Here is some good news: Looking to next week, the odds of rain diminish to “a chance of or a slight chance of,” which is an improvement. I don’t see any gully washers heading our way, but still it will rain.

The storm on Wednesday lost some of its strength moving inland, so no way will we reach 8 inches in the rain category for March. Nope, not a record-breaker, but wet enough to try and forget about it.

It has been a wet week for Oregon spring break, but Washington spring break may have a bit more sunshine and less rain. Let’s hope so. I’ll open my suitcase Friday and hope a few rays of that Hawaiian sunshine fill the air.

Take good care, and we will chat gain on Sunday as a new month of weather begins.


Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.