It was certainly stormy Wednesday in Western Washington, except here in Clark County. Only light rain fell and winds were under 30 mph. Along the Washington Coast winds were in excess of 50 mph, and there was from 1 inch on the south coast and 3 inches of rain on the north coast Wednesday.
A warm front dropped southward over us and then lifted back northward in late afternoon Wednesday but the active cold front was scheduled to move in Wednesday night and during the day Thursday. We may see some heavy showers Thursday, maybe a thunderstorm somewhere and cooler conditions. Snow will begin to fly in the Cascades.
The next thing we turn our eye on is another large storm for the weekend that could deluge us locally with an inch or two of rain causing streams to rise and local urban flooding. At least that is how it looked Wednesday afternoon. Again, as in Wednesday’s storm, the belt of heavy rain could shift north and south of us. Stay tuned to your local forecast Friday for updates.
A high wind warning and a high surf advisory were issued Wednesday for the south Washington Coast. On the Long Beach Peninsula, waves were seen crashing against Cape Disappointment and shooting up the rocky cliffs. Seas were rough, with sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts to 60 mph. Let the storm watching begin.
With the heavy rains around the Olympic Peninsula, especially along Hood Canal, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw pictures or videos of streams over the roadways and salmon swimming across the highway. Happens nearly every year up there.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday Vancouver only measured .12 of an inch, hardly enough to cause any rise in local streams such as Salmon Creek. I bet that will look quite different over the weekend. A good thing streams are low for this time of the year. We may hear of some landslide problems in the Gorge where the wildfires were. Rain will be heavy on those steep slopes.
Wednesday we were well over one-half inch below average for the month. That will be short-lived. We will chat on Sunday, keep dry!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.