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Weather Eye: Weather puts Clark County back in the hot seat

By Patrick Timm for The Columbian
Published: August 16, 2022, 6:03am

We are back in the hot seat so to speak as the weather service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the mid- to upper 90s. Monday afternoon after looking at weather charts, those should be the warmest days this week. Friday through the weekend it will most likely be in the 85- to 90-degree range. Nothing we can’t handle, right?

We logged in yet another 90-degree high Monday and will add another four or five of them in the next week or so. There is still a chance of thunderstorms moving northward along the Cascades. It is possible you may observe one of those white towering cumulus clouds Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. Will one drift westward into the valleys? Only a small chance if any right now.

If I’m correct, Monday’s high of 90 degrees made the summer’s tally of 18 so far. We generally average about 15 days, so we are a little above average. More to come, folks!

Back in 2009 about this time fresh snow fell and accumulated on the higher slopes of Mount Hood. There were even some reports here in Clark County of overnight lows of 40 degrees. One local weather observer even fired up his wood stove. We had a couple of days of highs in the 60s and then jumped to 98 degrees. The weather can do crazy things in the summertime.

I expect the remaining days of August to be warm and I see some climate experts are predicting September and October presenting us with warmer-than-average temperatures. Officially the dog days of summer have ended, however my pup is still curled up in a ball in her bed lingering in those lazy dog days of summer. She goes by Webster’s definition of the dog days of summer which states, “The period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere.”

Keep hydrated, be safe and endure the next couple of hot days until some relief arrives. We will chat on Thursday and see what’s up.