Saturday, May 8, 2021
May 8, 2021

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Weather Eye: Will April finish as driest on record? Stay tuned



What can I say about our weather other than it is absolutely amazing? We could end up with the driest April on record and records go back to the late 1800s here in Vancouver. I could get used to the sunshine day after day, that’s for sure. By Sunday it will be the driest start to April ever.

Looking ahead we see more of the same through the weekend and possibly into next week. Highs in the 70s and with luck 80 degrees or better over the weekend. Better get the patio ready and the barbecue out, it’s time for some summerlike activities.

We finally got rid of those frosty mornings and will continue to enjoy milder nighttime temperatures. Snowmelt has begun in the mountains and local rivers will be rising slowly but will remain quite cold. When it reaches 80 degrees many head to the river to cool off. Beware that it is dangerous this early in the season. The water is cold and could be milky from the snowmelt.

I have geraniums in my garage ready to set outside but I will wait awhile and see how the last half of the month goes.

Despite the current warm spell, I am still leery of the snow on Silver Star, as it never fails telling us a late frost can occur. Normally for you folks in the greater Vancouver area and especially downtown you are past the last killing frost.

We are still running under a tenth of an inch of rain for the month, with only .09 of an inch in the official rain gauge for Vancouver.

In April 2020 we didn’t even make it to the 1-inch mark with .91 of an inch. The average for April is 3.01 inches. The driest April on record for Vancouver is .39 of an inch in 1939. Can we beat that? We are on the way for sure but still have 15 days left in the month. Taking any bets?

Take good care and we’ll chat on Sunday.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.