Sunday, October 25, 2020
Oct. 25, 2020

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Weather Eye: Saturday best chance for pumpkin-picking weather



We are now at the halfway mark in the month, and we will celebrate with a nice sunny day. How does that sound? OK, here’s the deal. I mentioned that high pressure would build over us and, for the most part, it has. However, the storm track will be riding over the top of the high pressure, suppressing it somewhat, and the rain belt will be just to our north.

That means at various intervals, clouds could sag southward and bring us some rain. The first chance is Friday and the second is Sunday. Not much rain for Friday but a better chance on Sunday. Amounts are up in the air. It is impossible to predict amounts, particularly when some forecast models are not in agreement.

So, if you want to dash to a local pumpkin patch, Saturday is your day. The swath of rain will continue quite close next week for a chance of showers every day but also some dry periods. It appears cold air will drop down from Canada and lower snow levels to mountain passes next week. Our highs will only be in the 50s.

I wish it was a cut-and-dried forecast for the next week, but as usual in fall, it can be changeable, to say the least. For example, on Tuesday it appeared high pressure would dominate for some time, then weather charts on Wednesday muddied that picture. Who knows? Perhaps it will change again by the weekend. We’ll smile on Sunday and share a chuckle together.

So far this month in Vancouver we have measured 1.73 inches of rain, three-quarters of an inch below average.

The average mean temperature is 62.4 degrees, 6 degrees above average. Our average high temperature is 63 degrees and by the end of the month it is in the upper 50s.

With clearing skies at some point in the next week or so, some outlying locations may experience frost on the pumpkins. A common occurrence in October, right? Enjoy the weather and we’ll chat on Sunday.