By Patrick Timm August 8, 2013 6 a.m.
Clouds were steaming up over Clark County from the south on Wednesday, which was evident by the afternoon temperatures. At 4 p.m., Eugene, Ore., was 66 degrees. I had 86 degrees here in Salmon Creek. Further north, it was 87 degrees in Seattle.
By Patrick Timm August 6, 2013 5:59 a.m.
What else can I say about the weather other than just one word? Fantastic! It doesn't get any better than this.
By Patrick Timm August 4, 2013 5:59 a.m.
It was wonderful to have the sunshine back Saturday after a two day hiatus. We managed to quietly end our dry spell Thursday with enough drizzle to be measurable, .04 of an inch. The last measurable rainfall was June 26 so the dry spell ended at 35 days.
By Patrick Timm August 1, 2013 6 a.m.
Wednesday was a pretty quiet day in the weather department despite the risk of thunderstorms that were moving up the Cascades from the south. As of this writing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, nothing had reached Clark County.
By Patrick Timm July 30, 2013 5:59 a.m.
The summer weather is scooting right along with fairly easy forecasts. A lazy summer now enters a pesky upper-level low that decides to park itself off the coast this week.
By Patrick Timm July 28, 2013 6 a.m.
The old saying "the coast is clear" will not apply to our weather this week. In fact, sunshine if any will be at a premium along the ocean beaches as a trough of low pressure dominates our weather pattern all week.
By Patrick Timm July 25, 2013 6 a.m.
It was a neck-and-neck race between Vancouver and Seattle with the high temperatures Wednesday. At 4 p.m., both cities had 87 degrees. When the daily highs rolled in just after 5 p.m., Vancouver aced Seattle out with 89 degrees to Seattle's 88 degrees. Of course either city could have gone up a degree or two afterward, but noteworthy regardless.
By Patrick Timm July 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Yes, it was a baby boy. Quite an event for the folks in the United Kingdom, but it was also a noteworthy day weather wise. The temperature at London's Heathrow Airport was 92 degrees about the time of delivery. So what's the big deal? It was the warmest temperature in the U.K. since 2006.
By Patrick Timm July 21, 2013 6 a.m.
Did you feel it? Wasn't it refreshing? Like walking along the beach with moist air penetrating your nostrils. What am I talking about? Oh so many questions.
By Patrick Timm July 18, 2013 6 a.m.
Thanks to the morning clouds, we enjoyed a pleasant Wednesday with highs mostly in the 70s, a relief from the 92-degree day Tuesday. Now, it's back to more warm and dry weather, with highs the rest of the week in the mid 80s and still no rain in sight.
By Patrick Timm July 16, 2013 6 a.m.
All clear on the western front, so to speak. A very nice forecast all week with no rain in sight. There is a slight chance -- but very slight -- that a thunderstorm could drift over from the Cascades this evening, but most likely to our north.
By Patrick Timm July 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Now that we are about half-way through the month of July how are we doing weather wise? No surprise in the rainfall department, there haven't been any rains, not even a drop in the bucket. The average mean temperature is 68.5 degrees, 1.4 degrees above average. And that's despite a couple of chilly mornings in the 40s.
By Patrick Timm July 11, 2013 6 a.m.
Our typical July weather continues, and it appears we are on a gentle roller coaster ride, with high temperatures and morning clouds. Pretty easy, not scary at all. And, unlike an amusement park ride, it is free.
By Patrick Timm July 9, 2013 6 a.m.
Pleasant (by my standards) weather continues around the Great Northwest, with highs in the 75-80 degree range. We have struggled to reach the 80 degree mark the past several days ,with a pair of 79s over the weekend.
By Patrick Timm July 4, 2013 5:59 a.m.
Pleasant temperatures for the next several days are on tap as we see our brief heat wave in the rear-view mirror. A typical summer day today with morning clouds and afternoon sunshine with highs in the 70s -- can't beat that! I think around fireworks time it will be cool and breezy.
By Patrick Timm July 2, 2013 6 a.m.
Heat will continue to blanket the Pacific Northwest today. But expect it to ease in a couple of days.
By Patrick Timm June 30, 2013 6 a.m.
In my humble opinion, the best thing about Friday's weather was the stroke of midnight Saturday morning. That was a little too warm and muggy for this weatherman. I know, it's nothing like back East, but hey, I'm a wimp on heat and humidity.
By Patrick Timm June 27, 2013 6 a.m.
Are we ready for summer? Weather, that is. Like the old saying goes, "Some like it hot and some like it not." I fall in the latter category, but regardless, hot weather is heading our way this weekend and next week.
By Patrick Timm June 25, 2013 6 a.m.
Looking out the window as I write this late Monday afternoon, it is pouring down rain. Nothing new. I heard of some heavy downpours Sunday but got very little here in Salmon Creek until overnight, when my rain gauge indicated more than a half-inch.
By Patrick Timm June 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Did you like the lazy day Saturday weather? Kind of befitting for the second full day of summer. What do I say about the third, fourth, fifth and sixth days of summer?
By Patrick Timm June 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.
We've been enjoying our usual spate of June clouds and sun with a few scattered showers thrown in for good measure. Some folks have received more weather than perhaps they would like. Heavy downpours and thundershowers were hit and miss Tuesday and Wednesday but if you were caught under one of those dark clouds it was a gully washer.
By Patrick Timm June 18, 2013 6 a.m.
The weekend turned out pleasant and Monday's weather wasn't bad either. That upper-level low is still offshore and will head our way triggering scattered thundershowers, showers and perhaps some steady light rain. Unstable conditions and cooler conditions will persist through Thursday; nothing else new to add to the mix.
By Patrick Timm June 13, 2013 5:59 a.m.
Yes, I know, I mentioned here the other day the rainfall amounts should be on the light side. For the most part, the showers were light for many of us and rather brief, but heavy for others -- the nature of "scattered showers."
By Patrick Timm June 11, 2013 6 a.m.
Sunday was about as typical we can get for a day in June, with a high of 73 and low of 53. The averages are 72 and 53 degrees. Monday was slightly coolers with overnight lows in the 40s in many locations. Weather observer Tyler Mode of Battle Ground saw 39.5 degrees early Monday.
By Patrick Timm June 9, 2013 6 a.m.
Your neighbors report rainfall from May: I had 5.84 inches here in Salmon Creek; Murphy Dennis, near Clark County Rifles, 10.15 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 6.89 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 10.54 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 4.07 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 5.31 inches; Merle Moore, west of Yacolt, 7.79 inches; Dave Campbell, west of Heisson, 6.15 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 7.12 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 6.24 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 5.23 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 10.52 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mount Vista, 5.50 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 7.95 inches; Ron Baldie, Fourth Plain Road and Northeast 144th, 5.94 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield 4.75 inches.
By Patrick Timm June 6, 2013 6 a.m.
Another perfect summer day Wednesday with plenty of sunshine and highs in the low 80s, almost picture-perfect. Not much change through the weekend, with varying amounts of morning low clouds and highs generally 75 to 80 degrees, depending on how soon clouds, if any, burn off.
By Patrick Timm June 4, 2013 6 a.m.
Monday was a very typical June day: morning clouds, plenty of afternoon sunshine and highs in the 70s. Doesn't get any better than that, does it? It does if you like less cloudiness and more heat.
By Patrick Timm May 30, 2013 6 a.m.
And the rains came. And came. It was enough to deposit more than 4.5 inches in the rain bucket officially for May in Vancouver.
By Patrick Timm May 28, 2013 6 a.m.
The three-day holiday weekend wasn't a total washout thanks to a mostly dry day on Sunday. We can forget Saturday and Monday as moderate rains threatened to overflow the rain gauge. As of 3 p.m. Monday I had recorded just over 5 inches of rain for the month. Officially, Vancouver was just shy of the 4-inch mark Monday afternoon. This month already has more rain than 2012, 2011 and 2010.
By Patrick Timm May 26, 2013 6 a.m.
Saturday was a welcome break from the recent rains, with sunshine and afternoon highs pushing 70 degrees, just about a normal May day for a change. There were many records set around the Evergreen state this past week with new minimum high temperatures and daily rainfall amounts. This included in Vancouver.
By Patrick Timm May 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Wednesday afternoon temperatures around Clark County were still in the 40s, with Portland being the coldest major city in the U.S. at 48 degrees. Due to my deadline for this column, I cannot pass along whether it was the coldest high temperature for the date or not. The high may have crept up enough to spoil that record.
By Patrick Timm May 21, 2013 6 a.m.
After the clouds burned off on Monday skies were clear and sunny with afternoon highs reaching the 70-degree mark west of the Cascades and 80 degrees east of the mountains. So for today say goodbye to that for a while.
By Patrick Timm May 16, 2013 6 a.m.
We have had a couple of weather systems move through the past few days but really not much to write home about rainwise. OK, except Monday's scattered isolated heavy showers. And that will be the case the remainder of the month, mostly weak rain events. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, I measured only .04 of an inch in the Salmon Creek area.
By Patrick Timm May 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Despite clouds and a stiff breeze at times we still hit 70 degrees in many locales Monday. Rainfall was light — only a few hundredths of an inch or a trace — in general. The exceptions came as thundershowers.
By Patrick Timm May 9, 2013 6 a.m.
We had a taste of June weather on Wednesday with the morning low clouds that lingered into the early morning hours before the sunshine broke through. We still managed to achieve and succeed our average high for the date of 67 degrees.
By Patrick Timm May 7, 2013 6 a.m.
Our great summer weather will continue all week before we see some changes over the weekend. Oh, did I say summer? I meant summerlike spring weather. I could easily get used to the sunshine every day, at least for a while.
By Patrick Timm May 5, 2013 6 a.m.
We finally reached our first 80-degree day on Thursday followed by a 79-degree high on Friday. Saturday afternoon temperatures in our local area were already into the low 80s. We will have our warmest day today with highs in the mid-80s.
By Patrick Timm May 2, 2013 6 a.m.
After a chilly start, Wednesday turned out very pleasant with highs around 70 degrees and a light northwest breeze. We begin to warm up into the 70s today and Friday, and over the weekend we'll enjoy highs in the 80- to 85-degree range.
By Patrick Timm April 30, 2013 6 a.m.
The cold front advertised to move through Sunday did just that, but rainfall was nothing to get excited about — generally less than a tenth of an inch, although some areas had a little more. I recorded 0.03 of an inch here in Salmon Creek.
By Patrick Timm April 28, 2013 6 a.m.
Not much change in our weather outlook from what I predicted on Thursday, we enjoyed a couple of warm days with the changes beginning to show on Saturday. Clouds were increasing and a few showers were likely overnight with a more steady rain later this evening or by some time tonight.
By Patrick Timm April 25, 2013 6 a.m.
I could really get used to this type of weather, couldn't you? Clear, sunny days with highs in the 70s, and cool nights. All right, cold maybe for some as the outlying areas are still dropping at or near the freezing point overnight. I saw more frost scattered around early Wednesday.
By Patrick Timm April 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Of course, clear blue skies and sunshine appeared after the weekend but, hey, we will take it. Afternoon temperatures were in the mid-60s (the warmest since April 3) and will be in the low to mid-70s today through Thursday. On Wednesday, we'll get some east winds.
By Patrick Timm April 21, 2013 6 a.m.
After a good dose of rain Friday, things dried out nicely Saturday, with sun breaks and temperatures rising close to 70 degrees. Rainfall from the latest weather system ranged from a half-inch in the city to over an inch in Clark County's outlying areas and foothills.
By Patrick Timm April 18, 2013 6 a.m.
It looks like we have some rain moving in today as scheduled, continuing into Friday with showers. Hopefully, the showers will subside by Saturday morning, and we have a basically dry weekend! But no promises as there could still be widely scattered showers left over for Saturday.
By Patrick Timm April 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Monday morning was on the chilly side -- more like January or February -- as winter still tries to hang on. Vancouver dipped to 36 degrees, with reports once again of scattered frost in the outlying areas. We should have a repeat this morning, with even cooler temperatures.
By Patrick Timm April 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Let's review your friends' and neighbors' rainfall measurements from March.
By Patrick Timm April 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The cold front that moved through our local area Wednesday was my kind of storm. Only a brief period of rain, and not much was falling at that. Most areas around Vancouver picked up only a tenth of an inch or less while the coast and mountains received much more.