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Weather Eye: Many thanks to dedicated local weather observers

By Patrick Timm
Published: November 16, 2021, 6:04am

The fast-moving cold front that brought brief heavy rain and blustery winds Monday afternoon pushed Vancouver’s monthly rainfall to almost 5 inches for the month. I have heard from some of you that before this storm you had already received anywhere from 6 to 10 inches so far this month.

Which rings a bell to report the rainfall from your friends and neighbors for October before that becomes a distant memory and more rain falls in November. Rob Starr, Cougar, 14.63 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 5.07 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 4.52 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 4.10 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 6.35 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 5.46 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 3.88 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 4.81 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 6.70 inches; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 5.39 inches; Murphy Dennis, Rawson Road, 7.25 inches; Barry Fitzthum, Amboy, 8.50 inches; William Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 5.68 inches; Dick Lenahan, Meadow Glade, 3.77 inches; Judy Weber, near Fargher Lake/View area, 8.02 inches; Larry Lebsack, Barberton, 4.84 inches; and Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 6.33 inches. The official rainfall for Vancouver was 3.73 inches, .32 of an inch above average.

We finally had a reprieve from the excessive rains over the weekend and latched on to a couple straight days without measurable rain here in Vancouver. The rain wasn’t far away Sunday, only miles to our north. We may tally another two days without measurable rain today and Wednesday, at least during daylight hours as we will be between weather systems. A chance of a shower here and there today mainly over the foothills.

More rain likely at the end of the week and the weekend is a toss-up, maybe rain maybe not. Given the recent pattern and the time of year, odds favor the wet stuff. Skies may clear enough tonight and there will be areas of frost and perhaps freezing fog so a much cooler wake-up tomorrow.

I want to take a moment and express my gratitude to all the weather observers that diligently take their time and record the daily weather and share their rainfall observations with us each month. Some of them have been sending me weather reports for the nearly 31 years I have been writing this column.