By Patrick Timm December 18, 2014 6 a.m.
As far as mountain snow goes we have good news, bad news and maybe some delayed good news.
By Patrick Timm December 16, 2014 6 a.m.
A mixed bag of weather is on the way for us this week with some light showers, some east winds and then heavy rain by Thursday. Snow will fall in the Cascades, maybe a half foot or more, but a warm system will come in over the weekend and melt it away.'
By Patrick Timm December 14, 2014 6 a.m.
OK, before we continue, let's review some rainfall from November as promised from your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 9.19 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 10.13 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 5.35 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 4.62 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 20.08 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 14.30 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 3.41 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 4.96 inches; Merle Moore, 2 miles west of Yacolt, 10.89 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 3.02 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 5.13 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 6.14 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 6.20 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 3.4 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 4.92 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 3.71 inches; Matt Sloan, McLoughlin Heights, 3.53 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield,4.10 inches; and our friend, Roland Dersken from the Vancouver up north with 9.56 inches.
By Patrick Timm December 11, 2014 6 a.m.
Lots to talk about in the weather department Wednesday afternoon. The Northwest map of Oregon and Washington on the National Weather Service website was lit up like a Christmas tree, with many warnings posted.
By Patrick Timm December 9, 2014 6 a.m.
As we approach mid-December, the weather will be more typical of the season. A large cold low in the Gulf of Alaska will spin one storm after another, with that atmospheric "river" heading our way. Initially, rainfall amounts will be heaviest over Vancouver Island and the Olympics, with many inches of rain in those areas.
By Patrick Timm December 7, 2014 6 a.m.
We are back to wet and warm weather as the Pacific conveyor belt is up and rolling along. One weather system after another will be moving toward the West Coast for the next two weeks. Snow levels remain high.
By Patrick Timm December 4, 2014 6 a.m.
It almost felt like springtime, at least in my Salmon Creek neighborhood away from the east winds and a high temperature of 48 degrees Wednesday. For those of you in east county and in the Gorge, not so much. My overnight low early Wednesday was 31.5 degrees, probably the last subfreezing temperature for a while.
By Patrick Timm December 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Baby, it's cold outside! Lyrics from a seasonal tune and befitting to the beginning of the winter season. Highs Monday remained in the 30s in most areas of the county unless you were away from the influence of those cold easterly winds.
By Patrick Timm November 30, 2014 6 a.m.
After several days of record highs and maximum low temperatures, winter is back with us a few days early of its December reign. A sharp cold front moved through Friday afternoon, with a burst of heavy rain and a 10-degree temperature drop.
By Patrick Timm November 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Happy Thanksgiving! I want to offer my annual Thanksgiving poem: "I look up at the sky and give thanks for the rain, hail, and snows; to fulfill our needs as only our creator knows. We complain about the heat, the cold, and the rain; but we're given a variety to keep us sane. The dark clouds may come, but a rainbow will appear, to comfort and tell us our creator is near. We're given the seasons — summer, fall, winter, and spring; each with their own weather they do bring. Symbolizing a beginning, growth, and death. But the wind keeps on blowing and never runs out of breath. We have acquired the knowledge of the sky, and will keep on learning, that's no lie. As a shower that moves through and off to the east, this I would like to say at least: 'Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful feast.' "
By Patrick Timm November 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Well, so much for a few dry days this week. Several days ago it appeared we would enjoy a dry Thanksgiving, but weather charts keep showers going today — then a bit of drying Wednesday, which is good for holiday travelers — but rain moving back in some time Thursday.
By Patrick Timm November 23, 2014 6 a.m.
I would say the weather is getting back to normal with rain in the lowlands and snow in the mountains, the cold east wind replaced by milder Pacific air.
By Patrick Timm November 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Did it feel a little bit balmy Wednesday afternoon? Temperatures on the west side of the county were pushing 50 degrees while east-side locations were hovering in the low 40s, and only in the 30s in the Gorge. Rain and milder temperatures are on tap for the next five or six days here in the lowlands, so we are finished with winter for a while.
By Patrick Timm November 18, 2014 6 a.m.
Clear and cool weather will continue for one more day and then things will be more autumn-like around here. Clouds will increase and a little light rain is in the offing for late Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will climb back to more seasonable conditions. How does 50 degrees sound?
By Patrick Timm November 16, 2014 6 a.m.
Be still. Listen to the wind. The sun shines bright. Barren branches grace the sky. The chill is here. The season welcomes you into Nature's world. Delicate ice crystals flee the rising sun, gathering in the shadows. Be still. Listen to the wind. It talks to you. Now, just nod and smile.
By Patrick Timm November 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Regardless of whatever happens today weather-wise, at least most folks were prepared for the worst. Roads were de-iced, snow plows put on standby, schools running two hours late, etc. Last-minute food essentials purchased. Winter storm watches or warnings were issued.
By Patrick Timm November 11, 2014 6 a.m.
The weather forecast today is a chilling one. Not to be confused with a literary thriller or mystery but a real shocker to the flesh.
By Patrick Timm November 9, 2014 6 a.m.
Saturday was wonderful after the low clouds and fog cleared. With highs at 60 degrees or better in many areas, even along the coast, it was a far cry from what is headed our way.
By Patrick Timm November 6, 2014 6 a.m.
Greetings! There is much on the plate to talk about so let's digest some weather news. We had a rather gloomy day Wednesday, but hey, for the most part it was dry except for a few spatters here and there.
By Patrick Timm November 4, 2014 6 a.m.
We are surely well into the rainy season, but that doesn't mean we won't have a brief dry spell here and there. Forecast models have backed off on persistent rain, and Friday through Tuesday look like some dry, mild weather.
By Patrick Timm November 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Most of the rain showers ended just in time Friday for trick-or-treating, although temperatures were in the 40s. But who paid attention to that? Saturday continued the brief drying trend, with some filtered sunshine after the morning fog and low clouds.
By Patrick Timm October 30, 2014 6 a.m.
As of this writing Wednesday afternoon we had a warm front moving up from the south, which made the afternoon quite pleasant. Today we see a cold front dropping in from the northwest, bringing much cooler temperatures and snow in the mountains.
By Patrick Timm October 28, 2014 6 a.m.
We survived the miniwindstorm Saturday but not without scattered power outages and downed trees. Lots of leaves, fir boughs and needles to clean up. Hopefully, most of that was gone by Monday evening, as another weather system promised more rain.
By Patrick Timm October 26, 2014 6 a.m.
I got an early start on my column in case we lost power in Saturday's windstorm. Winds were expected to gust to maybe 50-60 mph. With the ground saturated and all the leaves on the trees, not good.
By Patrick Timm October 23, 2014 6 a.m.
No shortage of rain so far this month thanks to the heavy downpours Wednesday afternoon and evening that totaled well over one inch as of 4 p.m. We are now way above average for the month and more rain is on the way.
By Patrick Timm October 21, 2014 6 a.m.
Clouds and more clouds. That is the thrust of this week's weather scene. After a weak weather system went through on Monday, we'll see a brief break today, with maybe some sunshine before those clouds come back and deposit more rain on us.
By Patrick Timm October 19, 2014 6 a.m.
OK, before we go too far let's review some rainfall from September, as promised, from your friends and neighbors: Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 2.20 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 0.73 inch; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 1.55 inch; Judy Darke, Felida, 1.22 inch; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 1.42 inch; Bob Starr, Cougar, 2.86 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 2.00 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 1.18 inch; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 1.38 inch; Merle Moore, 2 miles west of Yacolt, 2.00 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 1.51 inch; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 0.97 inch; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 1.39 inch; Dan Hein, Camas, 1.58 inch; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 1.86 inch; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 1.30 inch.
By Patrick Timm October 16, 2014 6 a.m.
Folks on Mount Hood were grinning ear to ear Wednesday as the first really good snowfall had begun. Enough snow to turn the ground white at Timberline and Mount Hood Meadows and a couple of inches of snow on the higher ski lifts.
By Patrick Timm October 14, 2014 6 a.m.
Let the rains begin! Or something like that, I suppose. Expect stormy weather today and showers through Wednesday. The timing of the storms will be about every two days apart as it looks right now. That means some short dry periods between weather systems.
By Patrick Timm October 12, 2014 6 a.m.
This date in October always reminds me of the powerful Columbus Day Windstorm of 1962 — one that I will remember forever. Goodness, more than one-half century later and we are still talking about it. October can be a month to produce strong storms often aided by remnants of old typhoons out in the far western Pacific.
By Patrick Timm October 9, 2014 6 a.m.
After a historic run of warm weather the first week of October, it appears that our never-ending summer-like weather will succumb to the annual rain fest. By the ides of October, we should be soaking the rain up in good fashion.
By Patrick Timm October 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Hey, how do you like our run of 80-degree high temperatures? Impressive, don't you think? We talked about this a month ago in my column, about how we can still get warm weather in the first half of October. Not uncommon in the least. The current stretch, though, is the warmest since about 1993. And we have managed to get into the mid-80s, with a couple reports Sunday and Monday of near 90 — unofficially, of course. The warm weather has caused the influx of stink bugs to be rather aggressive, making their way into for homes for the winter. They know it is going to get cold.
By Patrick Timm October 5, 2014 6 a.m.
Delightful weather continues. Oh, aren't we blessed? I mean, does it really get any better in fall than this?
By Patrick Timm October 2, 2014 6 a.m.
I could just repeat my column from Tuesday and we would be good. The forecast went as planned with a brief shot of rain and then a few showers scattered about on Tuesday. Skies cleared slowly on Wednesday and this morning was expected to be perhaps the coldest this season.
By Patrick Timm September 28, 2014 6 a.m.
Just 12 days ago, I was writing about the hot weather over us and how many 90-degree days we have logged this summer. Then on the first day of fall, the curtain abruptly lowered on summer. What a dramatic change.
By Patrick Timm September 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Well, did you like the rain? I heard no complaints from anyone. And if there were, nothing we could do about it anyway. Rainfall amounts varied widely with 2 inches at some coastal locations and one-half to an inch locally. My rainfall for the month as of 5 p.m. Wednesday was 53-hundredths of an inch. I missed some of the heavier downpours late Tuesday.
By Patrick Timm September 23, 2014 6 a.m.
It is not often that we get a weather change right on the date of a season change. But as autumn rolled in Monday evening at 7:29, low pressure off the coast began its eastward journey.
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.