By Patrick Timm September 21, 2014 6 a.m.
We logged yet another 90 degree high temperature Saturday into the record books. As of 5 p.m., the high was 94 degrees in Vancouver, the fourth one this month and the warmest since September 5, when it was 95 degrees.
By Patrick Timm September 18, 2014 6 a.m.
Ready for 90 degrees once again? Yep, we could do that easily over the weekend with easterly winds in the forecast. We already have logged in about 20 days with highs of 90 degrees or better this summer.
By Patrick Timm September 16, 2014 6 a.m.
Hot summer weather continued Monday with highs back in the 90-degree range in most locations. We also had hazy, smoky skies from the wildfire near Estacada, Ore. In addition, high clouds were increasing from the south, adding to the muddy look and defused blue color of the sky.
By Patrick Timm September 14, 2014 6 a.m.
Quite a swing in temperatures from day and night around the region the past couple of days. The very dry air mass with low humidity and dew points supported a rapid drop in overnight temperatures, especially outside of the windy and the main urban areas. Lows were in the 40- to 45-degree range, enough to see your breath by sunrise. Brrr.
By Patrick Timm September 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Strong east winds will develop today, with winds of more than 60 mph in the Columbia River Gorge and between 30 and 45 mph in the greater Vancouver area. More debris, twigs and limbs are sure to break off the trees, especially with all the leaves still on them.
By Patrick Timm September 9, 2014 6 a.m.
The marine clouds were a welcome sight and feel Monday as cooler ocean air replaced the desert-like heat we had seen for a few days. We will get another shot of it today before things clear out and warm back up Wednesday and beyond. Endless summer?
By Patrick Timm September 7, 2014 6 a.m.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, it was 95 degrees in Vancouver, hot enough to keep most folks inside. The brave ones, I'm sure, were dressed for the occasion and keeping close to the shade. Temperatures are high but still below record highs in most areas.
By Patrick Timm September 4, 2014 6 a.m.
The weather Tuesday was perhaps the most delightful, with afternoon highs in the low 70s. Ideal?
By Patrick Timm September 2, 2014 6 a.m.
August is now in the record books, and boy, what a summer it was. There are so many records and near-records as well as the warmest summer in many years for just about every city in the Northwest.
By Patrick Timm August 31, 2014 6 a.m.
Finally, some moisture to settle the dust and add a fresh scent to the air. Don't you love the smell of rain after a long dry spell? Heavenly. The rain was scattered in the form of showers and drizzle. I picked up a scant 0.07 inch by 3 p.m. Saturday. The official tally at Vancouver was 0.01 inch. Maybe you received a better dousing than I did.
By Patrick Timm August 28, 2014 6 a.m.
Another hot day Wednesday but that will be it for a while as we get cooler air from the northwest filtering in via marine clouds. Still close to 80 degrees today and then pleasant 70s through the long holiday weekend. The risk of showers was looking even less likely over the weekend Wednesday afternoon so we have it in the forecast but in the "chance" category.
By Patrick Timm August 26, 2014 6 a.m.
From the ocean beaches to the deserts and plateaus of our great state, it was summer in its finest fashion yesterday. OK, a little too hot for me and many of you, but one for the memory banks when it is freezing cold out this winter.
By Patrick Timm August 24, 2014 6 a.m.
With just a week to go in August the weather continues to behave like summer in a kind way. It was a perfect day Saturday with clear skies and sunshine, great for almost everything. I sat out in the late-summer sun and could feel its warmth.
By Patrick Timm August 21, 2014 6 a.m.
Temperatures fell into the 70s for highs Wednesday — as forecast — giving us some relief from the hot weather. Interesting to note: the temperature of 72 degrees at 2 p.m. Wednesday was the same temperature as midnight Monday.
By Patrick Timm August 19, 2014 6 a.m.
Another 90-degree day went into the record books Monday as summer warmth continues. Things will temper downward the next few days as mentioned here Sunday. The low that was crossing the Gulf of Alaska increased clouds in Western Washington late Monday. I expect the light precipitation associated with it to remain to our north and along the ocean beaches.
By Patrick Timm August 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Typical summery weather returned Saturday with a few patchy clouds and hazy afternoon sunshine. Temperatures were a bit above normal and will remain warm today — and maybe near 90 Monday.
By Patrick Timm August 14, 2014 6 a.m.
There was lots of weather action around the Northwest on Tuesday but little in Clark County. Yes, we had some showers, but they were on the light side. We had some lightning and thunder but just a tease. However, to our west and east there was plenty of it.
By Patrick Timm August 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Close but no cigar, as the saying goes. An increase in high clouds kept us from reaching that 100-degree mark for what would have been the first time this summer. As of 5 p.m., Vancouver recorded a high of 98, tying the record set in 1961 (the high temperature could have bumped up a notch after this writing). Thunderstorms will follow, and Monday night into today looked like a possible repeat of two weeks ago.
By Patrick Timm August 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Temperatures early Saturday were in the low 50s in much of the urban area of Clark County but in the low- to mid-40s in the outlying areas. Chilly even. Enjoy that thought as the weather today and Monday will be back in the hot category and overnight lows near 60 much of the week.
By Patrick Timm August 5, 2014 6 a.m.
It was another hot day Monday. You keep hearing us weather guys telling you about a cool-down in high temperatures and yet it remains at 90-plus degrees. Want to trade places?
By Patrick Timm August 3, 2014 6 a.m.
Our heat wave continues, though the high temperature Saturday was down three degrees or so from Friday. Couldn't feel the difference between 90 and 87 degrees? Well, the rise in humidity made up for it.
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.