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Weather Eye: Sun sticks around a couple days before rain returns

By Patrick Timm
Published: September 21, 2023, 6:01am

We are still hours from the fall equinox, but the air sure feels like fall. It almost makes you forget about those 90-degree high temperatures last week. A weak weather system came through yesterday and brought a few brief showers here and there, but not even a trace officially at the Vancouver weather station at Pearson Field.

I experienced a shower before noon in Felida while the sun was shining. I looked for a rainbow but alas, none could be seen. Did you see one Wednesday? The cool air associated with this air mass kept Vancouver’s high at 70 degrees, some 5 degrees below average. It is remarkable that Wednesday’s record high was 97 degrees set in 1952. So, it can still get hot this time of the year.

As we discussed recently, the last week of September was looking on the wet side and that is still the plan. How much rain will fall is a big unknown. However, forecast charts show a couple weather systems packing a good dose of moisture, maybe we call it an atmospheric river of sorts. If so, Clark County gets 1 to 3 inches of rain from Saturday night through Tuesday. The higher amounts will be in our foothill locations.

It will be a good soaking rain that should penetrate several inches into the soil. As of Wednesday, only .02 of an inch of rain is in the bucket so far this month. I expect the rain coming up will catch us up and we should end the month of September with near normal amounts at least.

This isn’t the start of the rainy season by any means as we will have fair weather breaks into October. Think outings to the pumpkin patch! We’ll see how long the succession of storms linger and if the jet stream eagerly shifts northward where it has been for a long while.

The scattered showers Wednesday brought a dusting of snow above Timberline. The storms heading our way next week will have high snow levels associated with them. Enjoy today and Friday with warm and mostly sunny weather.