By Patrick Timm May 24, 2015 6 a.m.
Clouds, clouds and more clouds. We will remember this Memorial Day weekend as the cloudy one. Better than rain, rain and more rain, right?
By Patrick Timm May 21, 2015 6 a.m.
Monday and Wednesday were almost repeats with sunshine, warm temperatures and those building cumulus clouds over the Cascades trying to make their way westward to the valleys.
By Patrick Timm May 19, 2015 5:59 a.m.
It didn't take too much effort noticing those towering cumulus clouds to the east Monday afternoon. These storms were moving westward over the Cascades and were expected to dump heavy rain in some places Monday evening and overnight.
By Patrick Timm May 17, 2015 6 a.m.
Plenty of gray skies Saturday, but that did nothing to stop the annual Parade of Bands in Hazel Dell. In fact, for those marching, I would say it was "perfect" parade weather. Spectators can always bundle up. So, chalk up another year in the record books without measurable rainfall for the parade.
By Patrick Timm May 14, 2015 5:59 a.m.
As promised, let's review some rainfall totals from April from your friends and neighbors: Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 4.52 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 3.17 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 4.94 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 5.1 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 1.57 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 2.76 inches; Merle Moore, 2 miles west of Yacolt, 4.42 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 2.97 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 1.78 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 2.48 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 1.87 inches; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 4.71 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 2.30 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 3.9 inches; Irving St. Germain, Prune Hill, 2.82 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 3.41 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 2.55 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 3.26 inches; and our friend Roland Dersken, from the Vancouver up north, with 2.09 inches. I measured 1.64 inches here in Salmon Creek.
By Patrick Timm May 12, 2015 6 a.m.
The cold front that moved through Sunday did little to make a dent in our rain totals for the year, only a few hundreds of an inch. However, I mentioned the possibility of wrap-around moisture moving in from the east as the low spins and heads to the east.
By Patrick Timm May 10, 2015 6 a.m.
Saturday was certainly a taste of summer and no complaints. Though it passed the 80-degree mark, I won't start complaining about the heat, not yet!
By Patrick Timm May 7, 2015 6 a.m.
How did you enjoy that little bit of late winter/early spring weather Tuesday and Wednesday? That northwest wind was quite brisk Wednesday afternoon, adding to the chill in the air. Rainfall amounts were rather light, generally under a tenth of inch here in the lowlands but a third to one-half inch in the foothills.
By Patrick Timm May 5, 2015 6 a.m.
The marine layer was enhanced Monday by an incoming weather system, making the usual morning clouds linger well into the afternoon.
By Patrick Timm May 3, 2015 6 a.m.
Morning low clouds and sunny afternoons were the weekend forecast. And sure enough, they were present Saturday morning, but not everywhere. The usual locations, like the ocean beaches, were clear and sunny. So was the Puget Sound region and areas south of Vancouver. Looking at the satellite picture early Saturday, the thickest low clouds were in Clark County.
By Patrick Timm April 30, 2015 6 a.m.
On this last day of April, I bring you greetings from the weather page. The atmosphere will also contribute to a happy day as skies slowly clear and sunshine is with us later in the day.
By Patrick Timm April 28, 2015 6 a.m.
Back-to-back Mondays with pleasant temperatures, sunny skies and highs at or near 80 degrees around the area. We will certainly take that with no regrets. Today, however, it is back to the sweatshirts and maybe rain jackets as a cold trough of low pressure slides in.
By Patrick Timm April 26, 2015 6 a.m.
It is hard to believe April is almost over. Maybe it is all the passing April showers that make things go fast. Regardless, time marches on and so does our progressive weather pattern.
By Patrick Timm April 23, 2015 6 a.m.
Even with a fairly moderate onshore flow of air we have seen some blue skies and sunshine. Not the 80-degree weather like we had Monday, but still not too bad. Our average high is 63 degrees so we are not too far off.
By Patrick Timm April 21, 2015 6 a.m.
At 4 p.m. Monday, I recorded the first 80 degree day here in Salmon Creek. Other temperatures around the local area were also at or near the 80 degree mark. Wow, it just doesn't get any better than that, does it?
By Patrick Timm April 19, 2015 6 a.m.
March rainfall reports: Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 9.45 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 5.29 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 13.89 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 11.1 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 4.68 inches; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 5.08 inches; Merle Moore, west of Yacolt, 7.55 inches; Dave Campbell, west of Heisson, 5.77 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 6.83 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 4.64 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 5.32 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha,4.87 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 5.80 inches; Irving St. Germain, Prune Hill, 5.34 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 6.67 inches; and Roland Dersken from the Vancouver up north with 7.83 inches. I measured 4.84 inches here in Salmon Creek.
By Patrick Timm April 16, 2015 6 a.m.
Fair weather is in the offing for the next several days. The sounds of lawn mowers and baseball will be in the air this weekend as we bask under mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures.
By Patrick Timm April 14, 2015 6 a.m.
A cold front was moving through the local area as I wrote this late Monday afternoon. My rain gauge at 4:30 p.m. was reading, "It is raining cats and dogs." Sure enough, it was pouring rain outside. The temperature fell from the 50s into the low 40s as the cold front moved inland.
By Patrick Timm April 12, 2015 6 a.m.
A blustery day in the neighborhood was the scheme of things Saturday. Some showers, wind, sun, a report of some hail. Typical March-like weather, I would say.
By Patrick Timm April 9, 2015 5:59 a.m.
The pesky upper-level low that was forecast to quickly slide south into California and then off to the east was still pestering us with scattered showers and thunder Tuesday and Wednesday. A good share of it did make it south, and Central California got 1-3 inches of rain and 1-2 feet of snow in the mountains.
By Patrick Timm April 7, 2015 6 a.m.
The atmosphere will calm down this week as the cold upper-level low pressure system that brought rain, hail and thunder the past several days has moved to California and eastward. It certainly felt like winter the past few days. Nice and comfortable with my sweatshirt on.
By Patrick Timm April 5, 2015 6 a.m.
For those Saturday Easter egg hunts, the weather cooperated as skies slowly cleared. It was a bit chilly, but otherwise it was a go. Today, however, showers will increase and maybe a few thunderstorms will touch our area.
By Patrick Timm April 2, 2015 6 a.m.
March went out like a lion, as evidenced by all of the roaring the weather made Tuesday. Numerous thunderstorms hit the metro area with heavy rain and hail. In Salmon Creek, I had a few piles of ice pellets on the ground after the sun went down. In many areas, it looked like it had snowed.
By Patrick Timm March 31, 2015 6 a.m.
Ah, the last day of March is upon us. And what a month it was despite above-average rainfall. No worry, we had some fine sunny days in between. Even a few bursts of high-elevation snowfall for the spring skiers.
By Patrick Timm March 29, 2015 6 a.m.
A weak weather system brought a few light sprinkles Friday night and early Saturday but most areas had only a trace. There were a few hit-and-miss showers Saturday, but some sunshine too. Today will be a nice day, with varying amounts of clouds here and there. Highs will be back up in the 60s — maybe 70? (need the sun).
By Patrick Timm March 26, 2015 6 a.m.
Lots of weather news around the country, but of course there generally is. Sometimes just not much in our region.
By Patrick Timm March 24, 2015 6 a.m.
With the heavy rain over the weekend and a few moderate showers Monday, Vancouver has 4 inches in the rain bucket so far this month, as of 5 p.m. Monday. That is about eight-tenths of an inch above average. Not too shabby for March.
By Patrick Timm March 22, 2015 6 a.m.
Spring has sprung, the grass has ris', I wonder where the birdies is? Spring. The elusive season of change. Sometimes wintry and sometimes, well, sometimes spring-like.
By Patrick Timm March 19, 2015 6 a.m.
It appears that we are finally getting into a more progressive weather pattern, with alternating days of sunshine and rain. Sound like spring showers? Read on.
By Patrick Timm March 17, 2015 6 a.m.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Writing this column on a warm and sunny Monday afternoon, one would never know we just experienced a wet and wild weekend.
By Patrick Timm March 15, 2015 6 a.m.
OK, let's review some rainfall from February: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 7.95 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 6.82 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 4.81 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 12.66 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 9.70 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 4.21 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 4.89 inches; Merle Moore, 2 miles west of Yacolt, 8.88 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 4.76 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 4.86 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 4.87 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 5.07 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 4.36 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton,4.97 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 3.33 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 5.10 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 5.41 inches; and Roland Dersken from the Vancouver up north with 5.00 inches. I had 3.99 inches here in Salmon Creek.
By Patrick Timm March 12, 2015 6 a.m.
We finally had a few of those raindrops in the bucket Wednesday; not much, enough to settle the dust and that was it. Generally around a tenth of an inch or so, although one more line of showers was heading our way as I write this column late Wednesday afternoon. We may add a bit more to our monthly total.
By Patrick Timm March 10, 2015 6 a.m.
Monday was yet another clear, sunny day in the Pacific Northwest. Once again, we touched the 70 degree mark in many neighborhoods around Clark County. Can we do it again today? We'll sure try.
By Patrick Timm March 8, 2015 6 a.m.
The only change in the weather scene is, forecast models show the strong ridge of high pressure weakening about midweek. This will allow several weather systems to move our way with periods of rain and mountain snow at the highest elevations, say 6,000 feet or so. It won't be enough to affect the nearly nonexistent snow pack that we are still hanging onto.
By Patrick Timm March 5, 2015 6 a.m.
The Hazel Dell Parade of Bands takes place May 16 and I can guarantee nice weather and no rain. Okay, it's a little ways out but over the past 35 years or so, only a few drips of moisture have fallen on that event. Mark your calendar.
By Patrick Timm March 3, 2015 6 a.m.
We are back in our familiar weather pattern, with strong high pressure offshore. This translates into dry and mild weather for us. Overnight lows Monday night were expected to dip below freezing in the outlying areas and around the frost point in Vancouver. We will have another freeze tonight into Wednesday morning.
By Patrick Timm March 1, 2015 6 a.m.
All you have to do is look out the window today or venture out for a pleasant walk to notice that March arrived as a lamb weather-wise. What a beautiful weekend. Are we living right, or what?
By Patrick Timm February 26, 2015 6 a.m.
Finally, the weather feels a little more like February. The first 'real' rain fell Wednesday after two weeks of dry weather. Not much, but a start in the right direction. Snow was falling at Timberline and Meadows on Mount Hood but there was still just a rain or rain/snow mix at Government Camp.
By Patrick Timm February 24, 2015 6 a.m.
The weather just doesn't get any better than we had Monday. So many folks wearing shorts and sandals and eating their lunch outside — in February! But alas all good things must come to an end, weather-wise that is.
By Patrick Timm February 22, 2015 6 a.m.
Another sunny day Saturday with highs again reaching the 60-degree mark. Hard to believe we had such a warm and relatively dry winter.
By Patrick Timm February 19, 2015 6 a.m.
What was up with those clouds and chilly temperatures Wednesday? Actually, it was rather normal for this time of the year. We were spoiled with all the springlike weather of late.
By Patrick Timm February 17, 2015 6 a.m.
Many high-temperature records are being set not only locally but all over the Northwest. Seattle is having its warmest winter since records were kept at Sea-Tac in 1945. Even if cooler temperatures prevailed the rest of month, they still would probably achieve that record.
By Patrick Timm February 15, 2015 6 a.m.
OK, as promised, some rainfall from January: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 6.81 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 7.98 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 4.31 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 3.91 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 12.66 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 9.10 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 3.35 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 3.98 inches; Merle Moore, 2 miles west of Yacolt, 8.45 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 3.98 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 4.63 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 4.43 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 5.80 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 3.63 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 2.42 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 4.30 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 4.58 inches. I measured 2.76 inches here in Salmon Creek.
By Patrick Timm February 12, 2015 6 a.m.
Although clouds increased during the day Wednesday, it was still warm and pleasant — by February standards anyway. Afternoon temperatures were in the mid- to upper 50s; if we would have had sunshine, it would have been 60 degrees or higher.
By Patrick Timm February 10, 2015 6 a.m.
As I write my column late Monday afternoon, I don't know which is louder: the wind blowing through the treetops or the thousands of frogs peeping away.
By Patrick Timm February 8, 2015 6 a.m.
February was initially forecast to be warm and drier than average. Well, we have the warm part of it but certainly not the dry part. More than 3 inches of rain had fallen officially in Vancouver so far this month as of 2 p.m. Saturday. More moderate rain was in the forecast today and Monday, tapering off Tuesday.
By Patrick Timm February 5, 2015 6 a.m.
Did you see those dark clouds moving in from the west Wednesday afternoon? It was beginning to look quite ominous by dark.
By Patrick Timm February 3, 2015 6 a.m.
Monday was Groundhog Day, the annual tradition of the resident groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, venturing outside in the early morning hours in Punxsutawney, Pa., to brave the elements.
By Patrick Timm February 1, 2015 6 a.m.
January went out on a dry note but February will revive winter and relieve us of the doldrums with a little rainfall. Showers linger into Monday; Tuesday and Wednesday look mostly dry.
By Patrick Timm January 29, 2015 6 a.m.
More of the same is on tap the next few days, weather wise. Some sunshine, some fog or low clouds but basically dry weather. A storm, if I can call it that, will move through late Sunday into Monday with some rain and mountain snow above 5,000 feet. But nothing really heavy.