The first month of the metrological autumn got off to a summer-like start Friday with 92 for the high. It was warmer Saturday with a high in Vancouver as of 5 p.m. of 98.
The heat will not let up for a few days, so we endure hot weather through Wednesday. A weak low off the California coast advances northward, and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lidia wobbles toward us as well. We have an increased chance of thunderstorm in the western valleys and along the coast by Thursday through Saturday.
Cooler air settles in with highs Friday and Saturday in the upper 70s. Can you wait?
The thick haze and smoke appears to be keeping our high temperatures low. The record in Vancouver for Saturday was 103 in 1988. The record for today was 97 in 1934. The record for Monday was 95 in 2003. And Tuesday’s record was 102 in 1944. We should break Monday’s high temperature record and maybe today’s.
We have a heat advisory, air quality alert and a red flag warning issued for our area. Just plain hot, dirty and explosive conditions.
I have had a few reports of the woolly bear caterpillar along the Salmon Creek Trail and Lower River Road. In a few weeks, I will venture out for a hike and see what these critters are telling us about the upcoming winter weather. Of course, not totally scientific but fun nevertheless.
The Cascade peaks are bare with more rocky surfaces than snowy ones. I can envision Mount Hood yawning and stretching waiting for a change of attire. White looks nice, don’t you think?
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.