Saturday, October 16, 2021
Oct. 16, 2021

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Weather Eye: Get outdoor chores done before rain, wind arrive


We are only a week into the month so far, but the average mean temperature is 3 degrees below normal and rainfall through 5 p.m. Wednesday was at .37 of an inch. That is also above average. Do I dare say a cool and wet month is shaping up?

Today through Saturday should remain dry but still cooler than average. The next big weather-maker arrives late Saturday night into Sunday. It will be wet and windy with some good snows in the Cascades, especially above 5,000 feet. I would expect — as the coldest air arrives after the cold front Sunday — to see a smattering of snow at Government Camp.

Looking into next week it appears we remain unsettled with a sunny day here and there and cloudy and showery days mixed in. We’ll see how that pans out next week. At least you have today and the next two to accomplish any outdoor chores. There is a weak weather system that approaches the coast Friday but as of right now the rain stays along the coast and doesn’t move inland. Famous last words, huh?

While skies here in Clark County were gray and drippy Wednesday, it was clear blue skies and sunshine all day long along the Washington Coast and at or slightly above what temperature we had here locally. I have had questions that ask if we will have another 70- or 80-degree day in October. Looking back the last 20 years we had a high of 75 degrees on this date last year and a high of 82 degrees in 2014. The coolest high for today was 55 degrees in 2001.

So yes, we can still get a few days of warm weather, especially if we can get an easterly wind that helps warm things up in October. But right now, I certainly do not see any chance of that happening the next week or so. It will be on the cool side of things. We’ll be lucky to reach 60 degrees, which is 7 degrees below average.

Enjoy the next couple of days before we get a good typical October storm later in the weekend.