Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Nov. 30, 2022

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Weather Eye: Week ahead looks dry, with cooler highs

     

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We talked about that weather system dropping down our coastline in Thursday’s column. That is exactly what it is doing. We had a few impulses of moisture that tried to make it inland Friday and Saturday but officially got only a trace in Vancouver.

How about Friday’s high temperature? It was only 69 degrees. Do you remember the last time we had a high below 70 degrees in this long, warm summer? Read to the end.

We’ll see a few more clouds today and another early-morning risk of sprinkles here and there as the low to our south spins around and around and then clears in the afternoon.

The upcoming week appears dry as a bone. Highs will reach 80 degrees or better Monday and then stay in the pleasant 70s all week.

The overnight low temperatures this week will feel more seasonable, with low 50s in the urban areas and 40s in the rural areas. The late September hazy sunshine and mild temperatures will beckon families to local pumpkin patches for sure. Get them while the fields are not muddy, I say.

Alaska is getting hit with storms of historical strength. Powerful weather systems are crossing the Bering Sea, with 50-foot wave heights and near-hurricane-force winds. Autumn weather is gathering in the Gulf of Alaska. Good thing this latest storm off our coast is traveling to Northern California. It will make for a good fire extinguisher. I hope mud flows will keep at bay.

From July 1 to Sept. 17, we have received less than a third of an inch of rain in Vancouver. Oh, those summer water bills, which will soon switch to heating bills. Each season has its demands.

OK, to answer the question in my opening, it was June 19 when we recorded a high temperature below 70 degrees, with 67 degrees. June was a cool and cloudy month and quite wet, with 3.22 inches of rain in the record books.

Well, I’ll be getting fall chores done outside during the warm and dry weather this week — and also relaxing on the deck. Have a good, sunny-side-up week.

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