At least we had a little sunshine on Monday, especially the first half of the day. High clouds were increasing, doing their best to advertise the rainfall we will get today. I mentioned here on Sunday about the deep low-pressure system that would develop off the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast and sure enough it did. As it rotated counterclockwise, clouds and rain were moving northward.
The good news is that after today we will enjoy a couple of dry days and I’m expecting another 60-degree high temperature on Wednesday. As of 5 p.m. Monday, Vancouver only managed a high of 55 degrees, still below average. Below normal yes, but a small improvement when we were struggling to break out of the 40s over the weekend.
Last year, we achieved a high of 70 degrees on March 27 but that isn’t in the cards this time. In fact, as another pesky cold trough settles over us Friday through Monday, we will struggle to even reach 50 degrees again. A few good sunbreaks would help that, but the air mass will be quite chilly with snow levels hovering between 1,500 to 2,500 feet. Yep, more snow for our higher foothills and heavy snowfall up in the Cascades.
With all the moisture this month the grass is greening up and growing like a weed (so are the weeds). Somehow it doesn’t feel like “get the lawn mower out” weather to me. Outside spring chores aren’t too bad if we are enjoying warm, sunny weather. I’d take a dose of spring fever right now rather than remain in the winter doldrums.
I’m looking forward to April’s arrival this Saturday when that month displays those predictable April showers. You then know what follows in May, right? Yep, we turn the tide in April and get in full swing with the spring season. The countryside is painted green and skies a deep azure color that beckons and refreshes the soul. In between the showers, the warmth of the sunshine can be felt upon the body. We keep the umbrella handy and jump amid the rain puddles. Not as fickle as March but April’s weather is still in a playful mood.