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Weather Eye: Holiday weekend’s weather looking much better

By Patrick Timm for The Columbian
Published: May 25, 2023, 6:00am

The holiday weekend is looking much better than it did the other day. We are forecasting highs in the mid-70s Saturday through Monday — a few degrees above average but picture perfect in my book. Today and Friday, we will have a pair of 80-degree-plus high temperatures.

You will also see those towering cumulus clouds building along the Cascades in the afternoon hours. Some may be quite impressive. My thinking is that they will remain along the mountains, perhaps drifting westward over the foothills. At this time, the odds of them moving over the city areas are low. But as always, they are a threat. If you are camping or hiking in the Cascades later this week, be cautious.

The clouds should move off to the east over the weekend. The dry Memorial Day holiday forecast is based on an upper-level low that will remain weak and to our northeast. If it were to sag southward or strengthen, the chances of showers would rise.

I can’t think of any weather threats other than the thunderstorms over the Cascades through Friday. If you’re traveling to the beach for the holiday, it will be cloudy at times, with some sunny periods. It will be breezy, with highs in the low 60s. Close to home, Swift Reservoir, Yale Lake and Lake Merwin are all near full pools thanks to the recent snowmelt. Plenty of water — cold water, that is.

Our sunsets this weekend will be at 8:48 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8:49 p.m. on Memorial Day. We are getting close to our latest sunset at 9:04 p.m. later in June. Barrow, Alaska, will not see a sunset until mid-August. Would you enjoy daylight 24/7?

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This was said by Mark Twain in one of his humorous lectures, although some say Charles Dudley Warner originally made the statement. Regardless, we certainly do talk about the weather in this column, and sometimes we wonder if one could change the weather in any fashion. In the end, we complain, rejoice and endure what nature throws at us. Never a dull moment on this page.