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Weather Eye: Protect those plants, as frost likely Wednesday morning

By Patrick Timm, Columbian freelance columnist
Published: April 16, 2024, 6:01am

Let’s begin by reviewing last month’s rainfall from around the area from your friends and neighbors. Bob Starr, Cougar, 13.02 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 4.01 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 2.92 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 4.37 inches; Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 2.87 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 3.98 inches; Dave Campell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 5.56 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 3.80 inches; and Judy Weber, near View, 5.55 inches. Our friend Roland Derksen in Vancouver, B.C., reported 4.31 inches. The official rainfall for Vancouver USA was 3.07 inches, .88 of an inch below average.

The weather outlook for the next seven days looks uneventful as we mainly remain under various strengths of high pressure with only glancing blows from weather fronts swinging by to our north or dropping off our coastline heading south. More of a weather pattern we would see in late May or early June.

The only headline I have for you is that a good frost is likely Wednesday morning in the colder areas of the county, and you know if that includes your location. Some lows could drop to 28 degrees but most will be around the freezing mark of 32. Temperatures will drop quickly after dark tonight as skies clear and winds go light. At least that is the plan.

I shudder to think about setting outside warm weather plants or baskets I see now in garden centers. Prepare and plan accordingly just in case. A paper bag works great. Still snow on Silver Star so with the perfect weather conditions present today the chances are high.

Beyond Wednesday the weather warms and we see plenty of sunshine with only passing high clouds for the most part. We will have an offshore flow of air from the east that will be noticeable mainly in the east county. That may aid in raising the highs to 70 degrees or so. The weekend gets a little muddy as far as the forecast goes as forecast models diverge a bit. Overall I say we remain rather quiet with cooler temperatures and little chance of rain, much as what we have seen the past week or so.

Take good care.

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Columbian freelance columnist