Nice fall weather is upon us through the end of the week with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures rising back into the 70s. An easterly wind will filter down through the Gorge causing a few leaves to float lazily through the autumn air. It feels like October.
Did you notice some of the puffy cloud formations Monday? There were even a few scattered sprinkles or showers from some of them. Vancouver was reporting moderate rain at 4 p.m. Monday with a brisk northeast wind. Mount Hood received another dusting of snow as well. No rain is foreseen unless we get a light dose from a weak weather system that will drop down from British Columbia over the weekend.
Looking ahead at longer range forecast models, we may have dry weather all next week as well. With clear skies this week and dry air overhead, overnight lows in wind sheltered areas will be in the 30s. Maybe a frost? Skies stayed cloudy around Clark County into early Monday morning keeping the lows in the 40s. The coldest lows were along the coast where clear skies dominated all night.
In Alaska, Anchorage reported their first freezing low temperature yesterday which is about eight days later than average. But the colder air is gathering strength in the far north and it won’t be long before much of Alaska will be snow covered.
Our average high temperature locally falls from 70 degrees on the first of October to 58 degrees on Halloween. Then it continues a downward spiral into the winter months. Have you noticed how quickly the hours of daylight are decreasing? Today’s sunrise was at 7:12 a.m. and the sunset at 6:46 p.m. By Halloween it will be dark by 5 p.m. or so.
I’ll leave you with this appropriate weather quote for this week from Nathaniel Hawthorne: “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.