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.
By Patrick Timm August 13, 2013 6 a.m.
In the past several days there were some awesome thunderstorms around the Pacific Northwest. But at my home in Salmon Creek, I guess I was in the sucker hole -- despite a brief shower and lots of dark clouds in all directions, there was nothing, no measurable precipitation here.
By Patrick Timm August 11, 2013 5:59 a.m.
At 5 p.m. Saturday as I write this column, there are some pretty dark looking clouds with lightning and thunder west of Portland heading to Clark County. A large thunderstorm was hitting Salem at that hour and we were expected to have a chance of thunderstorms all night into early this morning.
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.