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Weather Eye: Early February expected to be fairly normal

By Patrick Timm, Columbian freelance columnist
Published: February 1, 2024, 6:00am

Welcome to the last full month of the meteorological winter and after that it will be full speed with spring and longer days ahead. I looked at the rain gauge in Vancouver Wednesday afternoon and we have a little over 9 inches and it will end up about 4 inches above average. Our average temperature was 38.9 degrees, 1.8 degrees below normal, thanks to that chilly outbreak earlier in the month. The warmest high was 57 degrees and the coldest low temperature was 16 degrees.

OK, onward with a new month and February will not bring any surprises in the first week. The storm track will be far away from us so if we get any precipitation, it will be brief and on the light side. I expect more dry than wet and we will enjoy some possible extended sunbreaks. It won’t be crystal clear the first week, plenty of passing clouds.

I thought the snow levels would be lower like down to our upper foothills, but it appears now if any precipitation falls, it would be snow mainly above 2,500 to 3,000 feet. The highs and lows will be rather seasonal around 50 or so for the highs and in the 30s with possible frost in the colder outlying locations. Pretty much normal for early February.

For us weather folks it will be boring and not much taking place. We can relax our guard after January’s craziness. There are no watches, warnings or advisories on the weather map for the remainder of the week for our part of the great Northwest.

Friday is a big day for groundhogs, I guess. Punxsutawney Phil will be removed from his cozy corners early in the morning back in Punxsutawney, Pa., to give his annual prognostication whether there will be six weeks more of winter or on the brighter side, an early spring. The forecast calls for cloudy skies and therefore no shadow, foretelling an early spring, according to the legend. I’ll second that.

It is my annual reminder to watch once again “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. I have seen that movie about as many times as Phil, the weatherman who lived that day repeatedly. A must-see movie and brings home to heart to this weatherman.

Take good care.

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Columbian freelance columnist