Weather Eye: Warm holiday giving way to wetter weather

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Patrick Timm

We made it through Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone had a great time with family and friends. The weather was warm for the day, with a high of 63 degrees. Vancouver came a degree short of the record set in 1939.

Black Friday was decent for shopping with no rain, partly sunny skies and an above-average high of 56. A normal high temperature would be 50. Our rainfall for November was more than 1/2 inch above average as of 4 p.m. Saturday. Rainfall so far this month was 5.31 inches, with the normal monthly rainfall at 6 inches or so. With more incoming storms this week, we will make it.

The above-average warmth of the past week will give way to more normal conditions this week, with snow falling in the mountains. That warm rain last week took a heavy toll on the early ski season start. Hopefully the snow will keep falling in the mountains.

Unsettled weather is on tap the next couple of days with periods of rain and gusty winds, especially along the ocean beaches. We may dry out the last two days of the month, this Wednesday and Thursday. I think we’ll see pretty close to average temperatures and rainfall by the time November comes to a close.

Looking for gifts for the weather buff? There is such an array of electronic gadgets: small personal weather stations, handheld wind gauges and more. These can be found at local variety, hardware and home improvement stores.

A must for everyone is a weather radio. Be sure and get one with an alert feature that will sound off when inclement weather or national emergencies are imminent. The radios cost between $25 and $75, depending on features and portability.