Weather Eye: Warmer, drier weather finally headed our way later this week




Patrick Timm

Another strong cold front moved through western Washington overnight and will bring more showers and maybe a thunderstorm today. Temperatures will remain at least ten degrees below average today. Hope is on the way.

High pressure slowly builds inland Wednesday for what will feel like a taste of early summer. Our average high temperature for mid-May should be near 70 degrees.

Plan on sunny and warm weather for the parade in Hazel Dell Saturday. Get working out in the garden this weekend.

I believe with the warm, dry weather heading our way that it will push us up to warmer and drier than average for the month. A great turnaround from one of our wettest springs on record. With high temperatures in Vancouver today expected to be around 55 degrees, last year on this date we had a high of 62 degrees.

Longtime weather observer Jim Knoll near Five Corners sent me this message yesterday. “I’m not one normally to complain about the weather but it’s starting to get ridiculous. What with all the cool rainy weather we’ve been having, the mid-80s temperatures we had a couple weeks ago felt like 110 degrees. Maybe a bit too much all at once. But just as it was looking like the weather was going to change for the better it went back to rain. And then the nice 70s we had last week were really nice but all of the sudden highs are in the 50s and 1.2 inches of rain in 3 days. Enough already I say. Forecasts are looking much better later this week so let’s hope.”

I will share last month’s wet rainfall from your friends and neighbors on Thursday.

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