By Patrick Timm March 9, 2014 6 a.m.
I guess I was in one of those somber moods Saturday afternoon while preparing to write my column. Sitting at my desk I looked out the window at the gloomy gray skies and rain. My mind full of plot lines of my current novel in progress, tasks to do and other trite things.
By Patrick Timm March 6, 2014 6 a.m.
It certainly didn't take long once the heavy rains started midday Wednesday to fill my retaining pond in our subdivision. It also didn't take long for a loud chorus of frogs to start their chanting. And, a pair of lucky ducks swiftly stopped by to test the waters.
By Patrick Timm March 4, 2014 6 a.m.
The temperature reached 61 degrees late Monday afternoon under sunny skies, the warmest since Nov. 11, when it was also 61 degrees. Quite a change from the chilly weekend we just encountered. I can take this, can you?
By Patrick Timm March 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Local weather observer Murphy Dennis shared this weather tidbit from California: "A friend in Lompoc near Vandenberg AFB said he received over 4 inches rain Friday and nearly as much since midnight last night on Saturday afternoon. Says his grass has grown 3 inches since Wednesday. They need it." Yes, they do need it. Too bad it just came all at once, as there were many landslides and mud flows, and much of it just ran off into the ocean. They need much more to erase a three-year drought.
By Patrick Timm February 27, 2014 6 a.m.
The countdown begins: two days until the start of the meteorological spring; ten days until daylight savings time begins; 21 days until the vernal equinox (first day of spring); and for you sports fans, 32 days until major league baseball begins. Lots to look forward to, yes?
By Patrick Timm February 25, 2014 6 a.m.
I have had many, many emails commenting on the cold winter across much of the nation this winter. People have noted that the "Old Farmer's Almanac" nailed the winter's weather this year.
By Patrick Timm February 23, 2014 6 a.m.
Saturday was an in-between day weather-wise with a distinct frontal boundary separating Oregon and Washington. Snow fell early in the Bellingham area and in the San Juan Islands and Whidbey Island. Temperatures warmed by afternoon, and it was a chilly rain down to Olympia.
By Patrick Timm February 20, 2014 6 a.m.
It certainly felt like a winter day Wednesday, with early morning lows in the 30s and afternoon temperatures riding into the mid-40s. Cold air aloft moved in after Tuesday's rainstorm and brought snow levels down to the local foothills. Phil Delany at 1,000 feet above Dole Valley reported a half inch of snow early Wednesday and Murphy Dennis near Clark County Rifles had about a quarter of an inch. I noticed a few wet snowflakes mixed in the rain early Wednesday here in Salmon Creek.
By Patrick Timm February 18, 2014 6 a.m.
Our weather pattern has been making up for lost time with one storm after another, adding snow in the mountains and rain in the lowlands. Rivers and streams were running high but so far no serious flooding.
By Patrick Timm February 16, 2014 6 a.m.
OK, before we go too far let's review some rainfall from January, as promised, from your friends and neighbors. I had 3.30 inches here in Salmon Creek; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 9.97 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 4.43 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 2.95 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 14.70 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 2.86 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 4.96 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 5.00 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 3.06 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 3.68 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 6.72 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.20 inches; Matt Sloan, Heights/South Cliff neighborhood, 3.34 inches; Merle Moore, Yacolt, 10.08 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 3.94 inches; and Dan Hein, Camas, 4.45 inches.