Weather Eye: Mild start likely for December




Patrick Timm

November weather is just about in the record books and the beginning of the “meteorological winter” arrives on Friday. This month got off to a chilly start, with below-average temperatures and lots of snow in the mountains.

The second half, however, had almost springlike high temperatures and plenty of warm rain in the ski areas. This led to the shutdown of most ski areas. As of Monday, Vancouver was still running close to an inch above average in the rainfall department. A nice break but a rain is on tap today.

Wednesday we dry and out and the weather will be rather calm and dry after some morning low clouds or fog. If you procrastinated putting up outdoor lighting, Wednesday would be the day to complete that task. Friday may be dry as well.

As we enter into the first week of December you will notice the high temperatures will be closer to normal, maybe a couple degrees cooler. The average high is in the upper 40s and the lows in the upper 30s. We should copy that for the forecast.

There are no big storms on the horizon that the Weather Eye can see and no really cold weather or snow here in the lowlands. Weather charts for the first week in December show tranquil conditions with more dry days than wet days. Great for getting those holiday errands accomplished.

December is the most wonderful time of the year. Snow lovers begin to watch the weather patterns, the cold arctic air up north and dream of snowflakes in their slumber. After all, snowflakes are winter’s butterflies, are they not?

There is something about the peace and stillness in the air after a snowfall, so quiet in the night. Children rush to the window as the first flakes float to the ground. Adults with that kid still inside themselves do as well. A slow start to December weather doesn’t mean snow won’t fall in the city. Remember December 2008? By midmonth Clark County was in a deep winter wonderland the remainder of the month. A white Christmas was a bonus.

Keep on dreaming!

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