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.
By Patrick Timm December 12, 2013 6 a.m.
The sun has finally broken through the freezing fog that shrouded the region. It coated the roadways and trees early Wednesday with a layer of rime ice, creating a winter wonderland once again.
By Patrick Timm December 10, 2013 6 a.m.
Good news, bad news. If you like snow and cold, it is melting away from the weather forecast. If you like plain old rain and seasonal temperatures, that is the good news!
By Patrick Timm December 8, 2013 6 a.m.
As the cold arctic air squeezed its grip over us, Saturday night was expected to have the coldest temperatures of the current cold snap — probably the coldest in more than 30 years. With clear skies, calm winds and areas with snow cover, single digits were possible. Highs Saturday never peaked over 30 degrees in most locations. Even along the sunny coastline.
By Patrick Timm December 5, 2013 6 a.m.
It took its time coming but when it did, wow! Wednesday was cold, very cold indeed. Vancouver dipped to 19 degrees, breaking the record of 21 degrees set in 1919. As the clock struck midnight Tuesday, Vancouver had already dropped to 22 degrees, tying the record of 22 degrees in 1919. It is possible at the time of my writing that by midnight Wednesday it dropped below 19 degrees, setting the record low lower. Unlikely, but maybe, since we were at a lower temperature at sunset than on Tuesday.
By Patrick Timm December 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Most residents saw a wintry mix falling from the skies Monday as cold air from Canada made its way southward. Snow that fell at elevations of 800 feet and above stuck for a while. The lower elevations saw a mix of rain and snow and ice pellets. I received several reports of large, fluffy flakes falling in the lower foothills of Clark County.
By Patrick Timm November 28, 2013 6 a.m.
By Patrick Timm November 26, 2013 6 a.m.
I want to mention to you nonweather geeks who do not eat and sleep computer models that we might get a major Arctic blast right after the holiday weekend. This would be very cold and of long duration. This past week's chill was only a tease.
By Patrick Timm November 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Sunshine and cold overnight temperatures continued Saturday along with gusty east winds in the eastern sections of the county. Not many changes today, although the winds will slowly decrease.
By Patrick Timm November 21, 2013 6 a.m.
Winter has arrived a bit earlier this year, as our meteorological winter usually begins on December 1. However, cold, dry air from Canada has settled in over the region and will allow us to bask in sunshine during the day and freeze at night.
By Patrick Timm November 19, 2013 6 a.m.
The second half of Monday was a day not fit for man or beast. A large storm moved onto the Pacific West Coast, bringing high winds and moderate to heavy rain. Warm southerly winds shot the freezing level well over 6,000 feet and rain fell upon the freshly fallen snow of the weekend.
By Patrick Timm November 17, 2013 6 a.m.
Saturday was a good day for indoor activities like shopping at the mall or relaxing with a good book in front of the fireplace. I did a book signing Saturday afternoon at Vintage Books in the Heights, and I know there were many who ventured out in the rain and cold getting a new book to go home and do just that.
By Patrick Timm November 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Looking at the satellite photo late Wednesday afternoon it looks like a stack of noodles with bands of moisture strewn across the Pacific and moving in a most awkward configuration. One low is moving westward, another eastward and to the south and yet another moving eastward to our north.
By Patrick Timm November 12, 2013 6 a.m.
Monday afternoon I sit and look out the window writing this column and see hazy sunshine and calm winds. A typical uneventful late autumn day, wouldn't you say?
By Patrick Timm November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
Happy Veterans Day to all our honored veterans. A day of appreciation and thanksgiving to those who sacrificed time out of their lives or lost their life in support of our freedom. The weather will pay a good tribute as well, with some dry, windy and sunny weather.
By Patrick Timm November 7, 2013 6 a.m.
No sooner had one weather front moved through than another followed Wednesday night and today. Bottom line: cloudy and cooler with rain or showers the next five days. It could be breezy at times, especially at the coast, with winds there 45-60 mph and 25-35 mph here.
By Patrick Timm November 5, 2013 6 a.m.
Rain? Yes, it is in the forecast this week. Good news? Maybe Saturday will turn out dry. How’s that?
By Patrick Timm November 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Thanks to Saturday’s storm I have very few leaves left on the maples overhanging my backyard. Yeah! The winds as the front passed through early Saturday and the post-front westerly winds in the afternoon did the trick.
By Patrick Timm October 31, 2013 6 a.m.
Trick or treat! Will our weather be fair? Aw, it's still up in the air. But hard to beat.
By Patrick Timm October 29, 2013 6 a.m.
The ski resorts are thinking it is about time to build the Cascade snow pack, and Mother Nature seems to be lining up the arsenal. After the dusting on Sunday more snow will fall, beginning this weekend in earnest, and carry through at least the first two weeks of November.
By Patrick Timm October 27, 2013 6 a.m.
Along the lines of wondering what our winter will be like, I attended the 21st Winter Weather Forecast Conference on Saturday at OMSI.
By Patrick Timm October 24, 2013 6 a.m.
It may be difficult to imagine winter weather while the sun is shining brightly and we are basking in 70-degree weather in late October. The National Weather Service is hosting Winter Weather Awareness Week and you can find information each day this week at its website: www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.
By Patrick Timm October 22, 2013 6 a.m.
It keeps going on and on and on — the wonderful autumn weather overhead. No end in sight of our sunny and rainless days. Yes, some days with more low clouds and fog on the horizon, but still dry.
By Patrick Timm October 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Saturday was a day of contrast across Western Washington. Vancouver basked in sunshine all day with afternoon highs running in the mid-60s. North of Chehalis to the Canadian border, it was socked in with low clouds and fog, with afternoon temperatures in the mid-40s.
By Patrick Timm October 17, 2013 6 a.m.
OK, before we go too far let's review some rainfall from September as promised from your friends and neighbors: I had 6.01 inches here in Salmon Creek; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 14.29 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 8.11 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 5.51 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 20.21 inches; Phil Delany, Dole Valley, 14.80 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 5.44 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 8.50 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 8.70 inches; Tyler Mode from his Minnehaha station, 5.79 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 9.20 inches; Larry Lebsack, Northeast Hazel Dell, 8.42 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 10.76 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 8.94 inches; and Irving St. Germain, Prune Hill, 6.22 inches.
By Patrick Timm October 15, 2013 6 a.m.
There will be no more weather until further notice. Now that I have your attention, what I mean is there will be no active weather the next week or so at least. High pressure remains anchored off the coast for some time.
By Patrick Timm October 13, 2013 6 a.m.
I thought I'd take a trip over the long holiday weekend and ended up on Whidbey Island, an old haunt of mine for getting away from it all. The weather on the drive up Friday from Vancouver was interesting, to say the least.
By Patrick Timm October 10, 2013 6 a.m.
After a few downpours on Tuesday, the weather calmed down Wednesday with some scattered high clouds moving through at times. It was chilly Wednesday morning, with most lows around the area in the 30s. I received many reports of frost on the rooftops in the outlying regions.
By Patrick Timm October 8, 2013 6 a.m.
We managed to swing a home run with the beautiful weather over the weekend. But alas, it was back to the dugout with the game over Monday with clouds and showers and things on the chilly side. Another weather system drops down from the north with more clouds and showers today.
By Patrick Timm October 6, 2013 6 a.m.
Ah, soaking in the sunshine was the highlight of my week. I managed to get maybe a last round of fresh air and sunshine in my chaise lounge before the long cold winter months. I hope you had a chance to get outside.
By Patrick Timm October 3, 2013 6 a.m.
All kinds of weather action around the state Wednesday with a waterspout off Grays Harbor, heavy downpours, hail and gusty winds, mostly north of Clark County. Let's not forget snow that fell in the higher ski areas and on some Washington Cascade passes such as Stevens Pass.
By Patrick Timm October 1, 2013 6 a.m.
No need to tell you that it was wet over the weekend. Very wet. Like record-setting wet. I believe almost all reporting stations broke their all-time September monthly rainfall records before the clock struck midnight Monday. So no need to summarize all of them here; it would require the whole weather page.
By Patrick Timm September 29, 2013 6 a.m.
Exciting weather Saturday, wouldn't you say? An encore is due today, with stronger winds and heavy rain.
By Patrick Timm September 26, 2013 6 a.m.
Autumn is barely off and running and we are setting records — sort of — with early reports of snowfall. Crater Lake received 7.5 inches of snow Tuesday. That is the earliest 7-inch snowfall since 1986. Snow fell in the higher ski areas of the Cascades as well.
By Patrick Timm September 24, 2013 5:59 a.m.
It appears that migrating geese have landed in Clark County on the way to warmer climates. I have had many reports of sightings and of course the usual honking. I don't know whether this is early or not, but perhaps they know something we don't.
By Patrick Timm September 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Finally the rain broke through our protective dome over Clark County, and some heavy but brief rain showers moved through Saturday afternoon. Some dumped 1/4 to 1/2 inch in just minutes; the frogs were happy.
By Patrick Timm September 19, 2013 6 a.m.
I was looking at the seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon. Beginning Friday it goes like this: Rain, showers (maybe thunderstorms), showers likely, rain likely, showers likely and a chance of showers, repeated four times.
By Patrick Timm September 17, 2013 6 a.m.
There is never a dull moment in the great Pacific Northwest, unless you live in Clark County. The forecasted trough of low pressure swung energy inland and aside from some drizzle, a few claps of thunder and some light rain, it was pretty tame.
By Patrick Timm September 12, 2013 6 a.m.
We managed to tally another 90-degree Tuesday and Wednesday, with record-high temperatures in some areas. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Vancouver was steaming at 95 degrees. Tuesday's high was 91.
By Patrick Timm September 10, 2013 6 a.m.
I can sum up our weather this week with one word — fantastic! OK, I will chat with you on Thursday.
By Patrick Timm September 8, 2013 6 a.m.
Saturday made a great comeback from the clouds and rain we experienced Thursday and Friday. Clear skies after the morning fog and low clouds burned off and highs at 80 degrees or better. Even the ocean beaches were in the low 70s!
By Patrick Timm September 5, 2013 6 a.m.
Finally something to talk about in the weather department, so grab a cup and let us chat.
By Patrick Timm September 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Rain showers were scattered around the great Northwest on Labor Day, mainly at the coast and northward. Thunderstorms were moving up and over the Cascades late in the day. A risk of one in the western valleys was present.
By Patrick Timm August 29, 2013 6 a.m.
I know we received a bit more rain than we anticipated but who is complaining? I haven't heard one yet. In fact, many readers would like a good soaking rain to fall. A rather strong weather system was just off our coast at 5 p.m. Wednesday and promised to bring at least a half soaking, with amounts varying from a quarter to one half inch of rain -- the heaviest, of course, was over the coastal areas. There will be some scattered thunderstorms too as we get some day-time heating.
By Patrick Timm August 27, 2013 6 a.m.
Not much change in the weather department from what we chatted about Sunday. So, lots of clouds and a chance of showers at times, although amounts will be light. We did receive about a tenth of an inch or less on Sunday around Clark County. Not much, barely enough to settle the dust for long, as things are really dry.
By Patrick Timm August 22, 2013 6 a.m.
If you like afternoon high temperatures more in the comfortable 70s you will be happy Friday and into much of next week. Our flow of air was offshore Wednesday, helping us log another 90-degree day. The weather pattern begins to shift today, allowing air off the ocean to filter inland. By the weekend we will most likely have morning clouds.
By Patrick Timm August 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Fine summer weather continues in the great Northwest and will do so all week. It will get into the hot category Wednesday as we sizzle just over the 90-degree mark.
By Patrick Timm August 18, 2013 6 a.m.
Another picture-perfect Saturday, without the humidity that lingered for several days.
By Patrick Timm August 15, 2013 6 a.m.
Looking at satellite photos Wednesday afternoon, I saw an impressive-looking weather system lurking off the Washington and Oregon coast. Impressive for mid-August, that is. Light rain was falling along the coast at 5 p.m., but there were just clouds inland. Most of the moisture was expected to dissipate as it moved across the Coast Range, but some scattered showers or heavy drizzle was possible in the western valleys.