Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Aug. 4, 2021

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Weather Eye: Clouds keep Vancouver’s temperatures well below average


It’s well into July, and we should be cloudless each day now. With the morning low clouds, Tuesday topped out at only 78 degrees, well below average.

Wednesday’s clouds didn’t begin to break up until afternoon, and it took until 3 p.m. to reach 70 degrees. We hit only 74 — eight degrees below average. Today we will see more low clouds; as they burn off, we could reach that 80-degree mark.

While we endured weather more like the June gloom cloudiness, our coastline was sunny all day, with highs near 70 degrees. That is because the adjacent cooler ocean waters kept the atmosphere stable. Still, no complaints after that heat wave last month, and we are lucky not to have smoky skies with all the wildfires east of the mountains. So, we tolerate a few below-average days with highs in the 70s.

Skies Friday through the weekend will see few if any morning clouds and highs back to seasonal normals, even a few degrees above average. I doubt we’ll see any measurable rain the remainder of the month. Our last measurable rain in Vancouver was June 15, with only .03 of an inch. That makes it 36 days without rainfall.

Last July was dry as well, with only .08 of an inch measured. We usually receive about three-quarters of an inch of rain in July.

On Sunday night, we should have a great view of the full Buck Moon, named after the new antlers that emerge from bucks’ foreheads this time of the year.

We’ll chat next on a sunny Sunday.