Weather Eye: We're covered with clouds, but the month is still unusually dry

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?

Weather Eye: Memorial Day weekend looks to be a good one

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.

Weather Eye: Weather will remain difficult to predict heading into weekend

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.

Weather Eye: This week will look much like last week, but not as warm

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.

Weather Eye: April's rain totals varied around area

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.

Weather Eye: Weather this week should quench our county's thirst

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.

We've tasted summer, but the week should be unsettled spring

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!

Weather Eye: Thanks to brisk northwest wind, weather felt like winter revival

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.

Weather Eye: Showers in forecast, with clear skies set for a return Thursday

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.

Weather Eye: Skies are dry, with dry season ahead; California asking for water

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.

Weather Eye: Expect morning clouds, sunny afternoons through weekend

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.

Weather Eye: Keep sweatshirts, rain jackets close for nuisance rain

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.

Weather Eye: We'll push 80 degrees Monday, then get back to instability

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.

Weather Eye: Showers likely to linger into weekend; air quality week nears

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.

Weather Eye: Weather rarely gets any better than Monday's

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?

Weather Eye: Get out today and enjoy the spring, a spectacular sunset

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.

Weather Eye: Warm weather on way for today, this weekend

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.

Weather Eye: The cold front aloft will leave its mark, move on

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.

Weather Eye: After an April afternoon that felt like March, look for warming

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.

Weather Eye: A little sun is on its way before the next cool, wet spell arrives

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.

Weather Eye: Cool, stormy days that began April will evaporate this week

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.

Weather Eye: If you stay home for spring break, look for 50-50 clouds, sun

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.

Weather Eye: March goes out with a mighty loud roar

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.

Weather Eye: April showers arrive as March goes out, possibly, as a lion

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.

Weather Eye: The world looks like April, and so will the calendar

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).

Weather Eye: Clark County should be getting short break from rainy conditions

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.

Weather Eye: More rain, possibly thunder in the forecast; Cascades to get some snow

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.

Weather Eye: Seasons have turned and spring's blooming right before us

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.

Weather Eye: Sunshine and rain likely to alternate over the next several days

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.

Weather Eye: Possible showers today will likely give way to more sunshine

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.

Weather Eye: As we're reminded what rain looks like, some February numbers

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.

Weather Eye: Dry and warm weather to return, at least for a few days

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.

Weather Eye: Run of sunny weather likely to come to an end Wednesday

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.

Weather Eye: Break in high pressure should let some moisture flow to the area

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.

Weather Eye: Temperatures in the 70s for the weekend? Maybe

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.

Weather Eye: It's spring in Clark County, despite what the calendar says

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.

Weather Eye: Stop us if you've heard this one before: dry, with sunny skies

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?

Weather Eye: Rain will give way to a sunny weekend before making a return

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.

Weather Eye: Get ready for transition to cooler, wetter weather in our area

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.

Weather Eye: February wrapping up dry, but another freeze is on the way

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.

Weather Eye: Cloudy day may be intermission in week of sunny weather

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.

Weather Eye: We'd be happy to take some of that snow from the East Coast

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.

Weather Eye: Looking back at January rainfall totals, ahead to warm, dry week

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.

Weather Eye: Expect warm temperatures, scant rain as high pressure dominates

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.

Weather Eye: Rain poised to finally give way to warm temperatures locally

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.

Weather Eye: Looking at rain, but not the milky, gritty kind, thankfully

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.

Weather Eye: Wet, possibly windy conditions will be with us for at least a week

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.

Weather Eye: Storms on the horizon through much of week

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.

Weather Eye: A Pineapple Express may be coming toward the end of this week

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.

Weather Eye: Weather remains stuck in rut of dry with some sunshine, fog

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.