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Thursday, December 7, 2023
Dec. 7, 2023

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Weather Eye: Rainfall moves September to ‘above average’


Some moderate to heavy showers moved over Clark County Tuesday night and Wednesday dumping over one-half inch of rain as of 5 p.m. in Vancouver. That brought us above average so far this month and only about two-tenths of an inch more would bring us up to the average rainfall for September.

We have a couple days to go, and I think we will make it easily with more showers in the forecast today. Maybe a thunderstorm too. There were reports of thunder and some good downpours on Wednesday here and there, mainly near the foothills.

We begin to dry out Friday and the weekend is looking promising with dry weather and highs 65 to 70. Below seasonal averages, but hey, we’ll take it folks. Our average high and low temperatures for today are 71 and 49. The record high was 93 set in 1967 and the record low, 32 in 1983. September’s rainfall will end near or slightly above normal and the average mean temperature will be about 1 degree above average.

Our highest temperature this month was 94 on Sept. 15 and the lowest, 45 on the Sept. 21. The greatest one-day rain total was on the Sept. 25 with .51 of an inch. At least we had some sunbreaks Wednesday, enough to go out for a walk. My daughter took her small pup for a stroll at Felida Park on Wednesday because there were clear blue skies and sunshine and then it began raining “out of the blue” you might say. No clouds overhead which is always strange. Drifting from a distant cloud I’d say.

October is forecast to be wetter and cooler than normal for the first two weeks of the month so perhaps falllike weather will be hanging on for a while.

For you weather enthusiasts, the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society will hold its September meeting Saturday at OMSI in Portland at 10 a.m. and the public is most welcome. Tyler Kranz, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, will be discussing the historic February 2023 Vancouver/Portland snowstorm. Dr. Cliff Mass (U of W) will also present his analysis. Dr. Mass will also dive into the tragic Maui wildfires.

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