Stories by Patrick
Wednesday afternoon temperatures around Clark County were still in the 40s, with Portland being the coldest major city in the U.S. at 48 degrees. Due to my deadline for this column, I cannot pass along whether it was the coldest high temperature for the date or not. The high may have crept up enough to spoil that record.
After the clouds burned off on Monday skies were clear and sunny with afternoon highs reaching the 70-degree mark west of the Cascades and 80 degrees east of the mountains. So for today say goodbye to that for a while.
We have had a couple of weather systems move through the past few days but really not much to write home about rainwise. OK, except Monday's scattered isolated heavy showers. And that will be the case the remainder of the month, mostly weak rain events. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, I measured only .04 of an inch in the Salmon Creek area.
Despite clouds and a stiff breeze at times we still hit 70 degrees in many locales Monday. Rainfall was light — only a few hundredths of an inch or a trace — in general. The exceptions came as thundershowers.
We had a taste of June weather on Wednesday with the morning low clouds that lingered into the early morning hours before the sunshine broke through. We still managed to achieve and succeed our average high for the date of 67 degrees.
Our great summer weather will continue all week before we see some changes over the weekend. Oh, did I say summer? I meant summerlike spring weather. I could easily get used to the sunshine every day, at least for a while.
We finally reached our first 80-degree day on Thursday followed by a 79-degree high on Friday. Saturday afternoon temperatures in our local area were already into the low 80s. We will have our warmest day today with highs in the mid-80s.
After a chilly start, Wednesday turned out very pleasant with highs around 70 degrees and a light northwest breeze. We begin to warm up into the 70s today and Friday, and over the weekend we'll enjoy highs in the 80- to 85-degree range.
The cold front advertised to move through Sunday did just that, but rainfall was nothing to get excited about — generally less than a tenth of an inch, although some areas had a little more. I recorded 0.03 of an inch here in Salmon Creek.
Not much change in our weather outlook from what I predicted on Thursday, we enjoyed a couple of warm days with the changes beginning to show on Saturday. Clouds were increasing and a few showers were likely overnight with a more steady rain later this evening or by some time tonight.
I could really get used to this type of weather, couldn't you? Clear, sunny days with highs in the 70s, and cool nights. All right, cold maybe for some as the outlying areas are still dropping at or near the freezing point overnight. I saw more frost scattered around early Wednesday.
Of course, clear blue skies and sunshine appeared after the weekend but, hey, we will take it. Afternoon temperatures were in the mid-60s (the warmest since April 3) and will be in the low to mid-70s today through Thursday. On Wednesday, we'll get some east winds.
After a good dose of rain Friday, things dried out nicely Saturday, with sun breaks and temperatures rising close to 70 degrees. Rainfall from the latest weather system ranged from a half-inch in the city to over an inch in Clark County's outlying areas and foothills.
It looks like we have some rain moving in today as scheduled, continuing into Friday with showers. Hopefully, the showers will subside by Saturday morning, and we have a basically dry weekend! But no promises as there could still be widely scattered showers left over for Saturday.
Monday morning was on the chilly side -- more like January or February -- as winter still tries to hang on. Vancouver dipped to 36 degrees, with reports once again of scattered frost in the outlying areas. We should have a repeat this morning, with even cooler temperatures.
Let's review your friends' and neighbors' rainfall measurements from March.
The cold front that moved through our local area Wednesday was my kind of storm. Only a brief period of rain, and not much was falling at that. Most areas around Vancouver picked up only a tenth of an inch or less while the coast and mountains received much more.
Our April showers will continue all week, off and on. A most usual forecast for April, I think. I mean this is the month for those showers in anticipation for the May flowers. The upcoming weekend brings in cold air aloft, allowing the possibility of snow, maybe all the way down to 2,000 feet or less in the Coast Range.
People were asking me what kind of a weekend it would be -- a work out in the yard type or a stay in with a good book type. I advised having a good read; after all, you had last weekend to get outdoors and strain yourself!
Well, here we go for a dip in the roller coaster ride, and it will be a steep one on Thursday, with rain and lots of it in many places around the Pacific Northwest. Showers are expected to follow Friday, with more steady rain through the weekend. All in all, about three to four weather systems will approach the area between now and Tuesday. Forecast charts hint that we will go back up on the roller coaster, and enjoy some warm, dry weather by midweek next week.
No weather records were set Monday in Vancouver after record or near-record highs over the weekend. We managed 78 degrees on Saturday for a new record high and although it was very warm on Easter Sunday, the high of 75 degrees fell short of the record 78 degrees set in 1911. Portland airport did set a new record both days over the weekend.
Happy Easter, everyone! And with a sunny prelude on Saturday, how can today be any better? Another day filled with sunshine and warm temperatures bumping 70 degrees. It was 70 degrees or more nearly everywhere Saturday from the ocean beaches to central and eastern Oregon and Washington.
What a wonderful afternoon yesterday, wasn't it? Sunshine, warm temperatures in the low to mid-60s -- I had 66 degrees at my home in the Salmon Creek area at 4 p.m. Doesn't get much better than that in the merry month of March. Or does it? How about 70 degrees or better this weekend? That will do it!
Not much change in the weather pattern from what we chatted about the other day. Basically, high pressure holds, with a weak disturbance brushing us to some extent today through Thursday. Any rain will be on the light side and weather remains on the mild side as well.
Friday brought every kind of frozen precipitation but freezing rain to the Evergreen State. I saw ice pellets (hail), snow and snow pellets in the scattered showers that hit our area. Even though temperatures climbed to the 40s, snows fell clear to sea level with the very cold air aloft.
Yes, spring rolled in early Wednesday, ushered in locally by those brisk 30 to 40 mph winds blowing from the west in the lowlands.
The fleeting hours of winter will certainly give the Pacific Northwest one last bout of its fury with a strong cold front later today and tonight with high winds of 50-60 mph along the coast and maybe 30-40 mph in the inland valleys. Rain will be heavy along the coast and we should see nearly an inch here in the local area, more in the foothills. Snow levels drop Wednesday down to 1,500 feet.
Oh, I'd be so lucky to write my column for St. Patrick's Day, and a good one for you comes with my wishes!
Not a whole lot of weather to discuss here today but we will return with a brief shot of rain later today and most likely some light rain or showers through the weekend. Nothing major but it will be indeed cooler with highs back down into the 50s. And snow will return in light amounts to the Cascades to freshen things up a little.
Mild and not so wet is the weather on tap this week.
Geez, I felt like I lost an hour of sleep writing this column (gave up my nap ha, ha). Yes, we are in Daylight Saving Time, and that one hour of elusive sleep will drift through the heavens until it lands back here on Earth in November. That gives us an excuse if we feel a bit drowsy.
OK before we go too far let's review some rainfall from February as promised from your friends and neighbors: I had 2.09 inches here in Salmon Creek; Pearson Field in Vancouver, 1.16 inches; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 4.78 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 5.77 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 3.18 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 1.73 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 2.26 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 10.02 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 7.70 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 1.64 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 4.69 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 2.99 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 5.96 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 2.96 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 1.89 inches; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie, 3.60 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 2.48 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 2.82 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 2.51 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 5.57 inches; Joe Holden, east of Washougal, 3.74 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 1.70 inches.
Monday was a contrast of winter and spring, cold, frosty temperatures in the 20s in the early morning hours and an abundance of sunshine later on. Then, almost spring-like weather, with afternoon temperatures swinging into the mid- to upper 50s.
'Spring has sprung; the grass has ris', I wonder where the birdies is?" I just had to get my annual first crack at spring in, as I usually do it on March 1. The first day of March did behave like a lamb despite some dark clouds overhead. It was warm, 61 degrees or so -- right in the ballpark.
A warm front brings a little rain today and lifts northward Friday, leaving us in a dry and warm air mass and allowing March to roll in like a lamb — as we predicted here earlier — with highs around 60 degrees. A balmy day. At least that is the plan Wednesday afternoon as I write my column.
Sunday night's storm didn't bring a whole lot of rain, but some very strong wind gusts and decent ice-pellet showers followed the front. I observed my first good hail shower of the year.
Other than some cool showers the next few days not a whole lot of weather in the offing. Forecast models show a stronger storm with some good rains and mountain snows by Friday. The weekend looks cold and showery with very low snow levels. Any here at low-lying areas? I doubt it at this point but you never know, could be few wet flakes overnight or in the early morning hours. The last week of February is looking wetter, so stay tuned.
Did you enjoy our Friday surprise? I mean, of course, the day with sun from almost sunrise to sunset. And it was mild as well, 2013's first 60-degree day!
Happy Valentine's Day! Still not a whole lot of weather news to talk about. Some computer forecast models hint of cooler weather next week and maybe some low elevation snow but it could just be a bust. Not much moisture; not a lot of cold either. It looks like any chance for severe winter weather is about over.
I had a chuckle about a cartoon, an old one for sure, that I came upon Sunday. The just of it shows two characters, and one comes up to the other and asks for a good sunblock. His buddy hands him a piece of paper, and he replies, "What is this?" The other says, "Directions to Seattle." And so it goes, the Northwest always gets the brunt of the wet and cloudy jokes.
Is winter over? Going by the calendar, we have almost six weeks yet, but we weather folks call March the first month of spring. Two weeks left in February.
Not a whole lot on the horizon weather wise after some showers today. The weekend still looks dry with seasonal temperatures, nothing to write home about in our neck of the woods, for sure.
I was reviewing the latest newsletter from our state climate office on Monday and thought I would share a few bits of information with you. We all know it was wet last year but statewide it was the fifth wettest year since 1895 and the wettest since the turn of the century. The wettest year on record was 1996, followed by 1896, 1950 and 1899.
Well, what do you know. As I sit here typing my column, the house is shaking, rattling and rolling. Yep, a small earthquake about 3.5 occurred near Amboy, immediately becoming the only highlight to a rather boring weather day.
Monday was a typical January day — dark, gray and wet. What else would you expect?
The weather has turned much more seasonal, with showers, highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s. That will continue awhile, with snow possible in the higher foothills tonight. I expect highs for Wednesday through Friday near 50 degrees.
As promised our inversion is long gone but not without a few brief pockets of sleet or freezing rain, mainly near the Gorge. It seemed the media made a bigger deal out of it than what occurred or what was on the horizon. Forecast models had the precipitation arriving earlier, during the early morning hours, than midday.
The sunshine was sure a welcome sight Monday, although there was still a chill in the air even as high temperatures crept into the low 40s. The night had been very cold, with Vancouver officially registering a chilly low of 19 degrees early Monday. There were many other readings in the teens in the outlying area. The coldest I saw was 15 degrees.
The afternoon high temperatures for Saturday went like this: In the foggy areas, it remained just a couple degrees above freezing. In the sunny areas, it managed to pop into the 40s. Along the coast, it was in the 50s and in the mid-elevation levels of the mountains, it was in the 60s and even some 70s, about 30 to 40 degrees above average for January.
No change in the weather pattern through early next week, except hopefully the warmer and drier air aloft will work its way to the surface at some point and bring our temperatures back up to normal or above and get rid of the low clouds.