The mountains are getting whiter and whiter and more snow is on tap for today. By the end of the day Friday, Timberline should have 15 to 20 inches of snow on the ground; Government Camp may have 6 to 10 inches on the upper slopes. Early ski season may be underway. Timberline Lodge was the first ski area to open in the United States on Tuesday with the Palmer chairlift.
Things warm up Friday through Sunday and some snow will melt; however, another series of cold storms will reach us by Tuesday for rain and mountain snow. There were reports of waterspouts along the waters off the Long Beach Peninsula on Wednesday and some intense thunderstorms with heavy hail.
Even here in Clark County we saw some heavy downpours and hail. Rainfall was surprisingly light at Pearson Field, where the official records are recorded for Vancouver.
Expect more rain showers today, sometimes heavy. But the weekend is looking great with mostly sunny skies and highs in the 60s. Make plans accordingly. No Plan B is necessary.
Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Columbus Day windstorm on Oct. 12, 1962. I used to say, “where were you in ’62?” That was so long ago, it is just us old timers who remember. There is plenty to read about it online so do a search if you want more details.
I will tell you as a kid it was terrifying — to parents! Me being the weather guy I am, I ran outside as trees were toppling. My father was yelling at me to get inside. I had just saved up enough money from summer work to buy a wind gauge. My dad installed it on the roof maybe a couple weeks before. Needless to say, the gauge was pegged at 100 mph and then it blew away.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.