Weather Eye: Front will come with light rain, and yes, fog will linger

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.

Weather Eye: Holding pattern until midweek front

By Patrick Timm December 15, 2013 6 a.m.

OK, before we go too far let's review some rainfall from November, as promised, from your friends and neighbors.

Weather Eye: Bid farewell to deep freeze as rain returns

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.

Weather Eye: Good news and bad on the weather front

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!

Weather Eye: Cold air will soon retreat a bit, but chance of snow may return

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.

Weather Eye: Record-breaking cold weather may be on its way out

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.

Weather Eye: In wake of front, clear skies come with wintry spell

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.

Weather Eye: Long cold spell could be heading our way after holiday

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.

Weather Eye: Grateful for cold and clear, compared to others' brumous week

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.

Weather Eye: Winter arrives early, bringing sunny days and frigid nights

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.

Weather Eye: As storm blows through, dry weather to return

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.

Weather Eye: Rainfall totals below average but could soon start catching up

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.

Weather Eye: It could be feast or famine with our local weather

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.

Weather Eye: Strong winds from east brush edge of area Monday

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?

Weather Eye: Dry, sunny weather will join our tribute to veterans this week

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.

Weather Eye: Cloudy, cooler conditions to continue for now

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.

Weather Eye: Soggy weather may dry out by the weekend

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?

Weather Eye: As clocks fall back, we’re moving forward toward winter

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.

Weather Eye: It's not a trick; weather should be cool treat tonight

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.

Weather Eye: Chill in the air hits as we close out dry October

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.

Weather Eye: Take your pick of local winter outlooks

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.

Weather Eye: Mild weather continues, but winter will be arriving

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/.

Weather Eye: Rain-free days to continue, but temps may drop

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.

Weather Eye: After that wet September, enjoyable October stretch continues

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.

Weather Eye: September was wet; so far, Oct. driest since 2008

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.

Weather Eye: No rain in sight as high pressure holds on

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.

Weather Eye: Here's hoping for a fine autumn interlude this week

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.

Weather Eye: Pair of weak systems will give way to warmer, dry weather

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.

Weather Eye: In short term, look for on again, off again showers

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.

Weather Eye: Here's hoping you enjoyed the beautiful weekend weather

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.

Weather Eye: Cool, wet weather to return, so enjoy lull while you can

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.

Weather Eye: The rain isn't over, but look for drying trend soon

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.

Weather Eye: Play it safe, stay warm and dry if you can as storm continues

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.

Weather Eye: Fall off to quick, chilly start; rain to return Friday

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.

Weather Eye: Chill is in the air, and soon snow in the Cascades

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.

Weather Eye: Brace for stronger storm, winds as seasonal shift continues

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.

Weather Eye: Rainy days will herald summer-to-fall transition

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.

Weather Eye: County spared from region's wild weather

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.

Weather Eye: After warm weather this week, a change to autumn

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.

Weather Eye: There's nothing complex about current weather

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.

Weather Eye: Taste of summer this week, but with cooler nights

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!

Weather Eye: This could turn into a thunderous, soaking-wet day

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.

Weather Eye: Signs of fall mix with sun, warmth

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.

Weather Eye: Nightly rains bring welcome moisture

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.

Weather Eye: Showers probably don't signal a major change

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.

Weather Eye: Full blue moon's appearance an enchanting sight

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.

Weather Eye: With no rain in sight, fire danger to climb

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.

Weather Eye: Take a day off this week and fly a kite at Long Beach

By Patrick Timm August 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Another picture-perfect Saturday, without the humidity that lingered for several days.

Weather Eye: Coolness helps firefighters; warm weekend to come

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.