Weather Eye: Enjoy Thanksgiving feast during mild, showery day




Patrick Timm

Happy Thanksgiving! Despite a forecasted showery kind of day, it will at least be mild with afternoon temperatures some 10 degrees above average. So not all that bad. At least for most, it will be warm and cozy inside with family and friends. We have plenty to be thankful for.

Do you remember the weather of Thanksgiving 2016 in Clark County? Well, if you don’t it probably is a good idea you can’t remember. It was stormy and wet! Over 2 inches of rain fell, sometimes blowing sideways with 30 mph winds. A deluge for sure. We had nearly a third of what rain fell all month in just that one day.

The year before, on Nov. 26, 2015, we fared much better with at least some dry weather.

The high was about average at 50 degrees but the low was a chilly 22 degrees in Vancouver and even colder in the outlying areas. In fact, from Nov. 21 to 30 we had subfreezing lows each day but no precipitation until Nov. 30, with snowflakes falling around the county.

So, there you go; each year holidays are greeted with a variety of weather. This leads into my parting words below.

I want to offer my annual Thanksgiving poem:

“I look up at the sky and give thanks for the rain, hail, and snows; to fulfill our needs as only our creator knows. We complain about the heat, the cold, and the rain; but we’re given a variety to keep us sane. The dark clouds may come, but a rainbow will appear, to comfort and tell us our creator is near. We’re given the seasons — summer, fall, winter, and spring; each with their own weather they do bring. Symbolizing a beginning, growth, and death. But the wind keeps on blowing and never runs out of breath. We have acquired the knowledge of the sky, and will keep on learning, that’s no lie. As a shower that moves through and off to the east, this I would like to say at least: “Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful feast.”

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