Tuesday, May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

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Weather Eye: After lion exits, a taste of December begins our April


The weather sure gave us an April Fool as showers and chilly weather persisted Wednesday. Snow was even reported in the foothills, with a clap of thunder and hail thrown in for good measure. December in April, thank you very much.

As I wrote this column late Wednesday afternoon, Vancouver still hadn’t gotten out of the 40s for a high temperature. I don’t like this 10-degrees-below-average weather. Today more showers are likely with low snow levels, and the same for Friday. Might as well make a week of it, huh?

Early Friday and Saturday morning if any showers move through some could see wet snowflakes in the air. Snow levels could briefly drop to 500 feet under some of the showers. Saturday appears to be the driest day — but probably not the entire day. More rain is on tap for Sunday.

Extended weather charts are playing around with that idea of dry, sunny weather early next week. But with their past performance and the odd state of the world lately, I wouldn’t count on it.

I’ll log that March went out like a lion, with scattered thunderstorms, hail and even a tornado near Richland. I think that equals a roar, don’t you think? It was a cool month as well with an average mean temperature of 45.8 degrees, 2.2 degrees below average. We did enjoy a pleasant 68 degrees on March 20 but shivered on March 10 and 17 with 28 degrees. A 40-degree difference in extremes.

I made the consensus that March came in like a lamb with no measurable rain here in Vancouver. However, perhaps the lamb had a heavy wool jacket on as the temperatures that day were a high of 47 degrees and a low of 33 degrees. It was cool.

Keep a weather eye out the window as there will be a few opportunities to get out for a walk or quick run between the bouts of cold moisture that is certain to circle upon us. Brighter days are surely coming we just have to look for the silver lining in the clouds that pass by.