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Weather Eye: Our weather looks outstanding for the next week

By Patrick Timm for The Columbian
Published: June 10, 2023, 6:02am

Once again, the weather gods threw a wrench in our forecasts, with leftover thunderstorm debris from east of the Cascades that drifted westward over us. It was far from a soaker, which we really need. As of midday Friday, Vancouver had less than a tenth of an inch in the gauge — not much, but enough to end our dry streak.

The light showers were forecast to linger during the day Friday and dissipate late in the evening. Today, we will have better weather, with clearing in the afternoon and highs back in the 70s. On Sunday, we’ll enjoy 80-degree-plus weather, with a possible 90-degree high on Monday. The rest of next week looks outstanding, with sunny skies and highs in the 70s.

As I wrote this column Friday afternoon, Vancouver was still struggling to reach 60 degrees due to the thick cloud cover and light rain. I would have expected the high temperature to migrate into the low 60s, which would be the coolest high temperature since the last day of May. But that’s OK: A cool, damp day settled the dust and suppressed the rapid dryness for our wildfire threats.

The clouds and showers on Friday were a normal occurrence for June, but daytime temperatures in the upper 50s or low 60s are not. The high should be around 72 degrees, but no worries: We will be above that for probably the next week or more.

Some long-range forecast models hint at another chance of rain around June 19 to 21. That’s a way out, but they have been consistent with that outlook for some time now. Another shot of moisture would be good before the Fourth of July festivities, at least for fire safety.

As I mentioned here before, weather events such as the rainy Friday are unusual coming from the east, as the normal flow of weather is west to east. One time it is difficult to accurately predict rainfall is when a large low-pressure system is circulating well to our east over the intermountain region and then wobbles westward toward the coast. At least lightning strikes were held to a minimum east of the mountains Thursday and Friday.

Enjoy your weekend.