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.
By Patrick Timm April 1, 2014 6 a.m.
The weather through the remainder of the week and weekend will be partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Weak high pressure will be over us, but it won't be strong enough to stop all of clouds and moisture. Wednesday is looking like the best day this week. So, damp at times but nothing really heavy at this point.
By Patrick Timm March 30, 2014 6 a.m.
The rain showers Saturday were relentless and heavy. Even with the sun out at times it was pouring. Several downpours with hail and thunder moved through Clark County, slowing traffic on the freeways to a crawl. Even wipers on high speed couldn't handle it.
By Patrick Timm March 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Showers continued Wednesday and some of them were frog stranglers for sure. Other areas around the county escaped the heavy downpours. I surpassed 5 inches of rain for the month here in Salmon Creek on my way for over 6 inches, which will be guaranteed by a strong storm Friday with predicted amounts of 1-2 inches in various locations.
By Patrick Timm March 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Yeah! Our first 70-degree day for most of us, and my warmest since Oct. 22. I would say spring has sprung. Too bad it couldn’t last a bit longer.
By Patrick Timm March 23, 2014 6 a.m.
What a stark contrast from one end of our state to the other. At 4 p.m. Saturday, Vancouver was basking under clear skies, sunshine and 61 degrees. Bellingham was overcast with light rain and only 42 degrees with a stiff north wind. Kind of like spring in the south and winter in the north!
By Patrick Timm March 20, 2014 6 a.m.
A vigorous but short-lived cold front rushed through Clark County about 3 p.m. Wednesday with a downpour and even some ice pellets mixed in. Fortunately the rain didn't last too long, as it was falling at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
By Patrick Timm March 18, 2014 6 a.m.
There was a little luck of the Irish during those sun breaks and even a few rainbows Monday. Don't know about that pot of gold. It was chilly for St. Patrick's Day, with snow down to the 1,000-foot level at times. Ice pellets and snow pellets were observed around the county. Plenty of green down here for us, while the higher foothills were sporting a coat of white.
By Patrick Timm March 16, 2014 6 a.m.
There was quite a contrast of weather conditions Saturday afternoon across the Pacific Northwest. Forks, on the northern tip of the Washington coast, reported 50 degrees, gusty south winds and heavy rain. In just a few short hours it picked up 1.25 inches of rain. Ahead of the cold front Vancouver was 63 degrees and partly cloudy, and east of the mountains it was sunny with temperatures in the 65-to-70-degree range.
By Patrick Timm March 13, 2014 6 a.m.
'Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My oh my, what a wonderful day! Plenty of sunshine heading my way. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay." I don’t think I was the only one singing that old Disney tune Wednesday under those clear, sunny skies. Highs bounced into the low 60s making for a wonderful feeling weather-wise for all.
By Patrick Timm March 11, 2014 6 a.m.
When it rains it pours! That was the case Monday with widely scattered showers, some of which were frog stranglers. I mean heavy. There were some reports of hail with the showers and a clap of thunder was reported in the foothills.
By Patrick Timm March 9, 2014 6 a.m.
I guess I was in one of those somber moods Saturday afternoon while preparing to write my column. Sitting at my desk I looked out the window at the gloomy gray skies and rain. My mind full of plot lines of my current novel in progress, tasks to do and other trite things.
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.