Sunday, September 27, 2020
Sept. 27, 2020

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Weather Eye: Clouds, rain with sunshine possible for Christmas


We all know it was damp and gloomy for a few days last week. At least we had a few breaks in the rain here locally. However, Seattle didn’t fair quite as well with that atmospheric river. They recorded 3.08 inches of rain Friday, which established a new record for the day. It was also the fifth wettest day on record.

Winter arrived Saturday and gave us the shortest day of the year. But Seattle made headline news again with its darkest day on record for the day before the winter solstice. Solar radiation has been recorded at the roof of the University of Washington’s Atmospheric Sciences building since 1999. So, at least it was the darkest day in the past 20 years.

The heavy rain is behind us now, and this week’s weather resumes the cloudy, with intermittent light rain pattern we have had all season.

The air mass is cool so any showers that fall this evening may bring a light dusting of snow in the hills above 1,000 feet. So, if you live in our local foothills, don’t be surprised to wake up to a white Christmas!

The basic weather pattern will be a split flow, with rain heading to our north and south, and we get the leftovers. Expect highs to be in the 40s, lows in the 30s, with maybe some frost, fog and a chance of a shower tonight and toward the weekend. Nothing noteworthy, however.

Sunshine may appear Christmas Day here and there, then mostly sunny Thursday, partly sunny Friday, then a chance of showers over the weekend. It will be all snow in the ski areas but not heavy, more on the lighter side.

We did manage to get 2.51 inches of rain out of the recent rainstorms over several days. Vancouver’s monthly rainfall as of 4 p.m. Monday is 4.43 inches, still about a half-inch below average. It is the wettest monthly rainfall since December 2018.

Merry Christmas and we will chat on the day after.