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.
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.