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.
By Patrick Timm February 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Our weather pattern is back to normal, with numerous weather systems poised to strike almost every day this week. Melting snow and heavy rains have caused many Western Washington and Oregon streams to rise but there's been only minor flooding so far.
By Patrick Timm February 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Well folks, it is over. The snow and ice, that is. Of course, it may be a while before all signs of the winter action are gone. I noticed many parking lots were plowed Monday, piling snow ten feet or higher in places. That will take a while to melt away.
By Patrick Timm February 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Assembling the weather forecast on Wednesday afternoon proved challenging. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area Thursday through Friday. A complex combination of two weather systems threatened to bring snow accompanied by strong east winds.
By Patrick Timm February 4, 2014 6 a.m.
Scattered snow flurries blew through Clark County skies Monday, dusting the ground in some areas, such as Battle Ground and the foothills to our east.
By Patrick Timm January 30, 2014 6 a.m.
Wednesday's weather panned out about as expected with some rain and blustery winds and milder temperatures. The high of 54 degrees was the warmest since Jan. 13, when we had a high of 55 degrees. Rainfall for Tuesday and Wednesday was right on target as of 5 p.m. Wednesday with one-half inch here in the city, with greater amounts in the foothills.
By Patrick Timm January 28, 2014 6 a.m.
No complaints in the weather department Monday as we managed to squeeze yet out another dry day this month. Oh, wait a minute. I did have one complaint from my son-in-law who is in the construction business. He said it was really cold working outside Monday. Yep I know. It was a chilly overnight period with lows in the low to mid-20s in the wind-sheltered locations. And near freezing in the far east country where east winds continued to gust between 25-45 mph.
By Patrick Timm January 26, 2014 6 a.m.
Satellite pictures out in the Pacific on Saturday afternoon were giving signs of things to come. A change, maybe? Yes, maybe, but for how long?
By Patrick Timm January 23, 2014 6 a.m.
There's certainly nothing to write home about weather-wise this week in Clark County. No ice, no snow, no sub-zero temperatures. Just, well, nothing really. Oh, and no rain either.
By Patrick Timm January 21, 2014 5:59 a.m.
We had another bonus day of sunshine Monday after the morning fog dissipated. The reason? Strong gusty east winds scoured the fog away from Clark County. Although I had dead calm here in Salmon Creek, that wasn't the case in the eastern portions of the county and at the western end of the Gorge.
By Patrick Timm January 19, 2014 6 a.m.
Saturday's weather was certainly a bonus, as a combination of a weak system and offshore flow of air dissipated the low clouds and fog. Although it was still seasonably cool in the mid-40s, with calm winds it felt almost spring-like.
By Patrick Timm January 16, 2014 6 a.m.
You didn't have to go very far to bask in warm sunshine Wednesday. Just straight up 2,000 feet! Skies were clear, and temperatures were in the 60s.
By Patrick Timm January 14, 2014 6 a.m.
Last month overall was cold and dry. So far this month it is averaging warm and dry. We continue that theme of dry. No rain the rest of the week, maybe a little early on in the weekend, but then basically drier than average through the end of the month.
By Patrick Timm January 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Just another day in the neighborhood Saturday, with showers and blustery winds. Typical January weather, I'd say.
By Patrick Timm January 9, 2014 6 a.m.
How does 50 degrees and rain feel? Pretty nice I would say. That's what it was Wednesday afternoon and there is more where that came from. Rain today through Sunday before things dry up next week. The freezing level has been high enough where most of the snow action is at the higher ski areas. That will lower after a large storm Saturday and places like Ski Bowl and Government Camp should get a foot to a foot and a half. Good news. Friday it will be rainy at the passes.
By Patrick Timm January 7, 2014 6 a.m.
I heard on the evening news Monday that 1.87 million people would be affected by the bitter cold wave gripping much of the nation before all is said and done. That is a lot of zeros in that statistic and plenty of zero degree weather to go with it.
By Patrick Timm January 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Happy New Year! Hard to believe another year has come and gone. This past year was one of the driest years we have had for nearly 25 years. Good news is we get a little rain later today and tonight, and the Cascade passes will get a little snow. I mean a little as in an inch or two, not much. Freezing levels remain way too high for this time of the year. When they do drop after whatever weather front moves inland, the precipitation is lacking. Same old pattern continues.
By Patrick Timm December 31, 2013 6 a.m.
Happy New Year's Eve! Not much change is in the forecast for us. Perhaps some light rain or showers on Thursday and a few inches of mountain snow, but that system is already appearing to weaken, so we won't get much of out that one. Then back to high pressure for the weekend. As of this writing we are still in an air stagnation advisory, but with a little offshore of air later in the week that may be lifted for Clark County, at least.
By Patrick Timm December 26, 2013 6 a.m.
As I sit here Christmas Day writing my column, I am looking out the window at a very gray, overcast sky. Yes, the fog has lifted and I can see a wee peek of brightness trying to penetrate the stratus clouds. Meanwhile, I am envious of a few of my Facebook friends spending Christmas at the coast, posting themselves walking along the beach under clear, blue skies and sunshine!
By Patrick Timm December 24, 2013 6 a.m.
A BIG holiday greeting to everyone! It is Christmas Eve, with no snow in sight. Sorry. Santa will find his way to your house tonight, even though we may have areas of dense fog. And if skies clear long enough to cool things off, his sleigh will be sliding across your roof!
By Patrick Timm December 19, 2013 6 a.m.
A winter storm watch was issued late Wednesday by the National Weather Service for the Puget Sound region northward for tonight and Friday morning. This meant that conditions were favorable for about 2-5 inches of snow from an incoming weather system. It would change back to all rain by noon Friday.
By Patrick Timm December 17, 2013 6 a.m.
Our weather was a mixed bag Monday with dense fog and stagnant conditions in the lowlands, where temperatures hovered in the low 40s. Above the inversion, mountain locations basked in sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Yes, I said 60s. Even along the Washington and Oregon coasts there were cities with highs in the low 60s.
By Patrick Timm December 12, 2013 6 a.m.
The sun has finally broken through the freezing fog that shrouded the region. It coated the roadways and trees early Wednesday with a layer of rime ice, creating a winter wonderland once again.
By Patrick Timm December 10, 2013 6 a.m.
Good news, bad news. If you like snow and cold, it is melting away from the weather forecast. If you like plain old rain and seasonal temperatures, that is the good news!
By Patrick Timm December 8, 2013 6 a.m.
As the cold arctic air squeezed its grip over us, Saturday night was expected to have the coldest temperatures of the current cold snap — probably the coldest in more than 30 years. With clear skies, calm winds and areas with snow cover, single digits were possible. Highs Saturday never peaked over 30 degrees in most locations. Even along the sunny coastline.
By Patrick Timm December 5, 2013 6 a.m.
It took its time coming but when it did, wow! Wednesday was cold, very cold indeed. Vancouver dipped to 19 degrees, breaking the record of 21 degrees set in 1919. As the clock struck midnight Tuesday, Vancouver had already dropped to 22 degrees, tying the record of 22 degrees in 1919. It is possible at the time of my writing that by midnight Wednesday it dropped below 19 degrees, setting the record low lower. Unlikely, but maybe, since we were at a lower temperature at sunset than on Tuesday.
By Patrick Timm December 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Most residents saw a wintry mix falling from the skies Monday as cold air from Canada made its way southward. Snow that fell at elevations of 800 feet and above stuck for a while. The lower elevations saw a mix of rain and snow and ice pellets. I received several reports of large, fluffy flakes falling in the lower foothills of Clark County.
By Patrick Timm November 28, 2013 6 a.m.
By Patrick Timm November 26, 2013 6 a.m.
I want to mention to you nonweather geeks who do not eat and sleep computer models that we might get a major Arctic blast right after the holiday weekend. This would be very cold and of long duration. This past week's chill was only a tease.
By Patrick Timm November 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Sunshine and cold overnight temperatures continued Saturday along with gusty east winds in the eastern sections of the county. Not many changes today, although the winds will slowly decrease.
By Patrick Timm November 21, 2013 6 a.m.
Winter has arrived a bit earlier this year, as our meteorological winter usually begins on December 1. However, cold, dry air from Canada has settled in over the region and will allow us to bask in sunshine during the day and freeze at night.
By Patrick Timm November 19, 2013 6 a.m.
The second half of Monday was a day not fit for man or beast. A large storm moved onto the Pacific West Coast, bringing high winds and moderate to heavy rain. Warm southerly winds shot the freezing level well over 6,000 feet and rain fell upon the freshly fallen snow of the weekend.
By Patrick Timm November 17, 2013 6 a.m.
Saturday was a good day for indoor activities like shopping at the mall or relaxing with a good book in front of the fireplace. I did a book signing Saturday afternoon at Vintage Books in the Heights, and I know there were many who ventured out in the rain and cold getting a new book to go home and do just that.
By Patrick Timm November 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Looking at the satellite photo late Wednesday afternoon it looks like a stack of noodles with bands of moisture strewn across the Pacific and moving in a most awkward configuration. One low is moving westward, another eastward and to the south and yet another moving eastward to our north.
By Patrick Timm November 12, 2013 6 a.m.
Monday afternoon I sit and look out the window writing this column and see hazy sunshine and calm winds. A typical uneventful late autumn day, wouldn't you say?
By Patrick Timm November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
Happy Veterans Day to all our honored veterans. A day of appreciation and thanksgiving to those who sacrificed time out of their lives or lost their life in support of our freedom. The weather will pay a good tribute as well, with some dry, windy and sunny weather.
By Patrick Timm November 7, 2013 6 a.m.
No sooner had one weather front moved through than another followed Wednesday night and today. Bottom line: cloudy and cooler with rain or showers the next five days. It could be breezy at times, especially at the coast, with winds there 45-60 mph and 25-35 mph here.
By Patrick Timm November 5, 2013 6 a.m.
Rain? Yes, it is in the forecast this week. Good news? Maybe Saturday will turn out dry. How’s that?
By Patrick Timm November 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Thanks to Saturday’s storm I have very few leaves left on the maples overhanging my backyard. Yeah! The winds as the front passed through early Saturday and the post-front westerly winds in the afternoon did the trick.
By Patrick Timm October 31, 2013 6 a.m.
Trick or treat! Will our weather be fair? Aw, it's still up in the air. But hard to beat.