Weather Eye: Cool and wet coming soon, and soon after, autumn




Patrick Timm

Enjoy it while you can, I say. The pleasant fall-like weather is upon us with high temperatures in the 70s, cool nights and hazy, sunny days. That will end temporarily on Sunday.

As we discussed here earlier, the “sudden” change to cool and wet will be with us Sunday through early next week. It shouldn’t last more than a few days, and mild and sunny weather should show up later in the week (fingers crossed). We will see if this becomes a progressive pattern.

The Cascade peaks above 5,000 or 6,000 feet will get their first coating of white and the stubborn wildfires around the region will get a good soaking, hopefully enough to reduce flames to smoldering coals.

It was only 74 degrees in Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon, my kind of weather. I had several reports of low temperatures down into the 30s. Phil Delany above Dole Valley reported a chilly 36 degrees early Wednesday morning. Vancouver dipped into the upper 40s. It won’t be too long before we hear of scattered frost on the cars and rooftops in the outlying areas of the county.

I enjoyed a long, leisurely walk on the Washington Coast on Wednesday under sunny skies and with little wind. The beach was deserted except for a few lucky souls. A few wisps of high cirrus clouds spread across the blue horizon. Seagulls were tranquil on the beach, almost lifeless. A bald eagle rested on a large log tossed ashore during the strong winter storms last year. A lazy autumn day, indeed.

Of course, on the calendar the first official day of fall is next week, at 1:02 p.m. Sept. 22. The weather folks are already two weeks into the meteorological autumn. I think most of us are ready for the cozy autumn months: The foliage changing into royal colors, fresh snow-capped mountains, a freshet in local streams and salmon making their journey upstream.

All the while the weather dresses itself for the occasion with blustery winds and pouring rain and frost on the pumpkin. Yep, I’m ready.

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