By Patrick Timm July 31, 2014 6 a.m.
Expect more of the same: sunshine and hot weather for the next few days and into the weekend. How about 90 degrees today and 85-90 through Sunday? After today, it will slowly cool off.
By Patrick Timm July 29, 2014 6 a.m.
The Clark County Fair begins Friday and the weather should be fair as well. Okay, sorry for the pun, but everything should be fun when those dismal, gray rain clouds aren't hanging around.
By Patrick Timm July 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Summer is back in full swing with clear skies and sunshine. It will continue all week, with hot weather sliding into the comfortable range as some marine air filters in.
By Patrick Timm July 24, 2014 6 a.m.
Lots to chat about in the weather department. What a day Wednesday with that steady rain that looked like for a while it wouldn't end any time soon. Fortunately, skies cleared somewhat and the sun came out around 3 p.m.
By Patrick Timm July 22, 2014 6 a.m.
Today and Wednesday, we could see enough unusual activity to get weather enthusiasts excited. A chance of thunderstorms will exist mainly over and east of the Cascades but there's also a risk here in the western part of the state.
By Patrick Timm July 20, 2014 6 a.m.
The weather downturn mentioned here the other day began late Saturday as clouds approached Southwest Washington. Rain had been falling much of the day along the Washington Coast from Grays Harbor northward.
By Patrick Timm July 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Just when some of you were getting used to this warm weather, Mother Nature will be cooling things down a bit. Maybe even below average for this time of the year by the weekend. High pressure slides off to the Rocky Mountains and a cold trough of low pressure slides down from British Columbia and parks itself off the coast.
By Patrick Timm July 15, 2014 6 a.m.
I remember one summer a number of years back I went to Houston, B.C., to do some work at a youth camp. This was way before smartphones and personal computers. Settling in at the camp it was made known that I was the resident weatherman. One of my chores was to give a weather forecast each evening after dinner for the next day.
By Patrick Timm July 13, 2014 6 a.m.
While most were searching for ways to ease the discomfort of the current heat wave, others — like me — were trying to stay warm and comfortable. No, I wasn't in the far reaches of northern Canada or somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere where winter abounds.
By Patrick Timm July 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Our run-in with hot weather is still on the horizon, with 90-degree temperatures over the weekend and beyond. A massive ridge of high pressure is forecast to keep a stronghold on our weather pattern.
By Patrick Timm July 8, 2014 6 a.m.
Summer is in full swing, like big letters on a marquee for a blockbuster movie. And it will be an extended engagement for the foreseeable future. Warm today — okay, maybe hot — then a little cooler Wednesday and Thursday, and finally, if the pattern evolves just right, a long run of 90 degree weather.
By Patrick Timm July 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Weathermen started summer on June 1, the calendar started summer on June 21, and folklore started summer on July 5.
By Patrick Timm July 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Happy Fourth of July! — a little early, of course. It will not be a hot Fourth, weather wise anyway, with lots of clouds and sunny afternoons through the weekend.
By Patrick Timm July 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Happy July! It is going to be a hot one today, with highs reaching into 90s for the warmest day of the year. No worry, however — it will be short-lived as ocean air will make its way inland tomorrow and the rest of the week. So a cooling trend is on its way.
By Patrick Timm June 26, 2014 6 a.m.
We managed to squeeze out another fine day Wednesday, at least until the evening hours. The thermometer topped out at 80 degrees at my weather station in Salmon Creek. Officially, Vancouver had 77 degrees.
By Patrick Timm June 24, 2014 6 a.m.
Oh, the joys of weather forecasting. As mentioned here Sunday more clouds and light showers are on the way this week off and on — not heavy, but still more moisture and clouds than sunshine. We will need decent sunbreaks to push us up in the 70s, but that may still come to pass.
By Patrick Timm June 22, 2014 6 a.m.
Our pleasant June weather continued as summer rolled in on Saturday and was greeted with plenty of afternoon sunshine. A weak weather system moved through the last hours of spring but gave way to the burst of summer.
By Patrick Timm June 19, 2014 6 a.m.
It was nice to see a return of the sunshine Wednesday after five days of clouds, thunderstorms, rain, hail and drizzle. We had just about everything, didn't we? Summer officially begins Saturday and we will greet the day with sunshine.
By Patrick Timm June 17, 2014 6 a.m.
It was almost like the Fourth of July came early with all the fireworks in the skies above us Monday. Numerous thunderstorms rolled through bringing cloud-to-cloud lightning and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
By Patrick Timm June 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Skies were mostly cloudy Saturday, with a few late-afternoon, widely scattered showers over a few parts of the county — mainly the foothills. Temperatures continued to run below the season normal. Look for more clouds today through Tuesday with scatted showers and cool conditions. Expect more snow in the higher elevations, so if you are going hiking or camping in the mountains, factor that in. It will be chilly.
By Patrick Timm June 12, 2014 6 a.m.
A temporary downturn in our pleasant summer weather will be upon us for a few days starting today. But no worries; it's back to summer weather next week (summer officially begins June 21).
By Patrick Timm June 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Our fine summer weather continues with pleasant afternoons just about everywhere. Today we will see the morning clouds linger longer and drop the highs down just a bit. A weak weather system moves by to our north bringing a few scattered showers or drizzle north of Clark County up into Puget Sound.
By Patrick Timm June 8, 2014 6 a.m.
The low clouds hung in there longer than forecasters thought Saturday and even produced areas of drizzle or mist. I had a trace of drizzle early here in Salmon Creek. The sun eventually broke through and pushed the mercury above seasonal norms into the mid to upper 70s.
By Patrick Timm June 5, 2014 6 a.m.
The place to be is right here in Clark County. Actually most anywhere in Washington and Oregon. The place not to be is in British Columbia, as the jet stream continues to usher weak weather systems across the province with more clouds and showers.
By Patrick Timm June 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Monday was another great day, with morning clouds and plenty of afternoon sunshine. Highs were in the mid-70s, a few degrees above average. Picture perfect! Today we will see the morning clouds a bit more stubborn and may only see partial afternoon clearing and sunshine.
By Patrick Timm June 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Are you smiling? Not yet? Then look out the window this afternoon and let it happen. This near-perfect weather will be with us for a while. Varying amounts of morning clouds — and guaranteed sunny afternoons. Nice northwest breezes and highs a few degrees above average.
By Patrick Timm May 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Wednesday was a standout for me. Just before 6:30 a.m., I saw a brilliant rainbow to the west-southwest of Vancouver. It was probably near Sauvie Island, west of Portland. In the early afternoon, I witnessed a strike of cloud-to-ground lightning in the same area.
By Patrick Timm May 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Memorial Day turned out quite pleasant with mostly sunny skies in the afternoon after some brief early morning showers. It was a great day weather-wise to remember our fallen military veterans and others.
By Patrick Timm May 25, 2014 6 a.m.
How many of you liked the weather Saturday? Too cool? Tool cloudy? No rain? Well, no matter what you liked or didn't like we have more of it coming our way. Except we add the rain part or at least a chance of showers all week into the weekend.
By Patrick Timm May 20, 2014 6 a.m.
I like to see what I was writing about years ago. My column 10 years ago said: “That upper level low pressure system I mentioned last weekend that would hang around for a while this week did exactly that. It rotated bands of moisture causing some moderate to severe thunderstorms to drench many areas in Washington and Oregon. One band of thunderstorms moved over Clark County gave quite a light show with lots of lightning and even some dime size hail reported in Brush Prairie.”
By Patrick Timm May 18, 2014 6 a.m.
Strike up another one for the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands. A beautiful day for the parade with dry pavement and temperatures in the comfortable range. There were a few sprinkles early in the morning, and I held my breath, but the rest of Saturday was another fantastic May day in the great Northwest.
By Patrick Timm May 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Was it hot enough for you Wednesday? Afternoon temperatures were in the mid-80s, rising to 90 degrees at 4 p.m. Portland airport surpassed its record of 88 degrees. I'm sure there more record highs around the region Wednesday.
By Patrick Timm May 13, 2014 6 a.m.
A pleasant week is on tap in the great Northwest with summer weather shining through. The Washington Coast will be at its peak warmth today and then be back to the coastal low clouds with partial afternoon clearing and brisk northwest winds.
By Patrick Timm May 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Happy Mother's Day! A perfect weather day is forecast with highs around 70 degrees and sunshine.
By Patrick Timm May 8, 2014 6 a.m.
I hope you enjoyed Wednesday's weather because it is back to rain today, showers Friday and Saturday. We risk enduring more heavy showers, hail and thunder, Friday especially.
By Patrick Timm May 6, 2014 6 a.m.
There were some pretty good downpours Sunday and a few claps of thunder. They were scattered, with some areas not receiving much compared to others that were under the dark clouds.There were some pretty good downpours Sunday and a few claps of thunder. They were scattered, with some areas not receiving much compared to others that were under the dark clouds.
By Patrick Timm May 4, 2014 6 a.m.
There are some uncertainties in the weather this week. Showers today and Monday are given. Tuesday through part of Thursday may be dry. Then rain and cool through Saturday. That is how many forecast models looked Saturday afternoon.
By Patrick Timm May 1, 2014 6 a.m.
It was one of those rare days when the ocean beaches were in the 85-90 range in Oregon and 80-85 in Washington. They were warmer than the western valleys Wednesday as strong east winds blew offshore, heating the air the further west they went.
By Patrick Timm April 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Bring on the sun! Warm and dry weather is on tap all week with a few possible record highs later in the week around the Northwest. The forecast for Vancouver on Thursday is 87 to 88 degrees; that will feel hot.
By Patrick Timm April 27, 2014 6 a.m.
OK, are you ready for it? Rain? No, a taste of summer with highs 80 to 85 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. First we'll have a few showers today and the transitional day Monday, with slowly clearing skies.
By Patrick Timm April 24, 2014 6 a.m.
A dreary Wednesday with nonstop rain — not on the heavy side as it was a warm frontal rain. The cold front following could offer heavier showers and snow in the mountains today.
By Patrick Timm April 22, 2014 6 a.m.
Looking at all the weather charts Monday afternoon I can't see one day the rest of the week and into the weekend where there is a dry day wedged in somewhere. Either it is steady rain or showers. Our deficit for April may turn into abundance!
By Patrick Timm April 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Saturday afternoon around 3:30 the skies got dark as a brief, heavy rain shower moved through Salmon Creek. I was watching the rain on my deck and torrents running off rooftops. I bet even the frogs ran for cover on that one, but at least it washed the spiders out of the downspout.
By Patrick Timm April 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Well, what can I say? The April showers mentioned here the other day are upon us. Maybe more like a steady rain today, but wet any way you look at it. Temperatures will be mild Friday through the weekend and Easter Sunday at this point — and I put emphasis on "this point" — looks dry.
By Patrick Timm April 15, 2014 6 a.m.
Okay, before we go too far, let's review some rainfall from March as reported by your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 12.09 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 16.56 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 7.57 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 6.85 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 7.62 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 24.74 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 17.10 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 7.36 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 7.71 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt, 13.49 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 7.52 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 6.86 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 8.82 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 8 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 7.28 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 10.88 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 11.03 inches; Sandra Nesvick, east Vancouver, 6.5 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 7.40 inches.
By Patrick Timm April 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Once the morning low clouds dissipated around the Pacific Northwest, it was sunny skies in all directions Saturday. Brisk northwest winds tempered high temperatures a bit, but it was still pleasant in the mid-60s.
By Patrick Timm April 8, 2014 6 a.m.
Dense fog shrouded our region Monday morning, more reminiscent of autumn than spring. Quite unusual for April, I would say. Regardless, it cleared by noon, and full sunshine helped push the mercury over the 70-degree mark. Vancouver was sitting at 73 degrees at 4 p.m.
By Patrick Timm April 6, 2014 6 a.m.
It was a benign day Saturday, with clouds and some occasional light rain. Nothing to write home about. For once, there were no watches, warnings or advisories on the weather map.
By Patrick Timm April 3, 2014 6 a.m.
It certainly seems like April paid an April Fool's Day joke on us. With fairly dry weather and nice conditions earlier in the day, clouds rotated around a low-pressure system to our south and brought rain in the evening.