Saturday was one of those dreaded midwinter-weather days: thick fog and stagnant air. The National Weather Service continues an air stagnation advisory for us through early Monday. Most areas cleared out about 2 p.m. Saturday here in Vancouver, but more fog rolled in during the night.
A little more air movement and higher clouds will arrive later Monday, which should keep the fog at bay on Tuesday. We trade fog for a chance of light showers, which could last off and on through Wednesday. Any rainfall would be rather light.
We are basically stuck in the winter doldrums, and the weather scene will remain uneventful as the global pattern remains intact. That means we have mild high pressure over the West Coast, and the East Coast will remain frozen in the realm of winter. Want to trade? No, thanks.
The tsunami advisory Saturday along our Washington coastline was uneventful. The evening before, the weather service had already issued a sneaker wave advisory. That combined with the tsunami advisory should have kept everyone off the beach. There were reports on the Long Beach Peninsula that many visitors took to the beach to watch waves moving in. It was also a clam-digging weekend, so more people than usual were there.
The fog was so dense in the first half of Saturday that one couldn’t even see out to sea. It’s unusual to have such dense fog right along the shoreline in winter. Usually when it is foggy all day here in Clark County, the coastline is mostly sunny.
But of course, this isn’t a typical winter, is it? At least it doesn’t appear as such. Fortunately, the water faucet from the skies has shut off, and those from the coast to the Paulose to the North Cascades to the Olympics can slowly recover from the devastating heavy snows and excessive flooding. It was messy.
Locally, we’ve survived this month not too bad. Our rainfall so far in January is at 4.12 inches, only 1.3 inches above average. The work week will see highs near 50 degrees and lows about 40 degrees, which is above average for January.
What will February bring us? I hope the groundhog is getting his act together.