Weather Eye: Pattern of fair days should continue into the weekend




Patrick Timm

About the only places I could find out of the regular reporting stations Wednesday with measurable rain were Astoria, Ore., Long Beach and Hoquiam along the coast. Otherwise, we just saw cloudy skies as a weak system slid by to our north.

So, we are back in a fair-weather pattern for several days. The east winds will also return and keep our afternoon highs in the 65- to 70-degree range through Saturday. Then, cooler Sunday through Halloween with some clouds at times and highs in the low 60s. Another weak low will slide by to our north Sunday and Monday, but right now we keep it dry much like Wednesday.

It appears Halloween will be fairly mild and dry for the trick-or-treaters. I usually say to have a plan B in case but maybe not this year. An update on that in Sunday’s column.

Vancouver enjoyed a wonderful Tuesday with a high of 70 degrees. That kind of day in the last week of October is rare, but we have seen 70 degrees into early November.

No worry in the rainfall department as Vancouver still has a total so far this month of 4.55 inches, about 2 inches above average.

You probably saw reports, after that heavy weekend rain, about the flooding in Tillamook, Ore. It was the earliest in the year that it has flooded to that extent. In 48 hours, Lee’s Camp in the upper regions of the Wilson River had 10.7 inches of rain ending at 1 p.m. Sunday.

It’s always unfortunate when that happens and puts dairy farmers in a tight spot with fields flooded. Uncontrolled rivers along the coast are always subject to fall and winter flooding. Dams can reduce the threat, but these wild rivers are a great resource and run with nature’s temperament.

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