Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Oct. 20, 2020

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Weather Eye: Dry weather continues till chance of rain later in week


We will struggle to get rid of the smoky skies and even if it does clear for a bit, it is possible it will ebb and flow all week as winds slowly begin to pick up. As of 5 p.m. Monday, Vancouver’s peak wind all day was only five miles per hour. One sign the fog at least had lifted was the high temperature at 5 p.m. was 73 degrees.

Ever since the smoke appeared here five days ago, we have had highs only in the mid-60s. That after days and days of hot weather. With only four-tenths of an inch of rain since July 1, things have really dried out. I know the combination of smoke and fog (smog) is terrible, at least humidity levels are back to normal which help tender the wildfires.

However, with the inversion overhead, it is warmer aloft, say above 2,000 or 3,000 feet in the 70s and low 80s in some places. The atmosphere has a lid over us and nowhere for all that smoke to go. It will dissipate in time but I bet we have days with smoke for several weeks.

That weather system off the coast we talked about the other day is still spinning around and most of the light rain is shuffling northward along the coastal strip. There is a small chance of a sprinkle or two today but only scant amounts.

Dry weather continues until late Thursday and into Friday when weather charts predict it will move inland closer to us and maybe we get a tenth to a quarter-inch at least. Not much rain and certainly not enough to dose those forest fires.

Dry weather is in the offing Sunday and Monday. It doesn’t matter which way the winds blow as there is smoke to our east, south and out over the ocean to our west. I’m hoping we get northwest winds over the weekend to finally usher in some clean air.

There is so much to write about in the weather department but room doesn’t allow. There are five tropical storms in the Atlantic with Hurricane Sally hitting the southeast states. Medford, Ore., has gone 91 days with no rain. Our last spattering of rain was on Aug. 9.

I have lots of woolly bear news from readers that I will try to share on Thursday.

Be safe and stay healthy.