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Weather Eye: Strawberry month continues to be sunny, pleasant

By Patrick Timm, Columbian freelance columnist
Published: June 8, 2024, 6:00am

Not much new in the weather department today as high pressure dominates the region and skies remain mostly sunny. That trend will continue for most of next week. I suspect afternoon highs will settle in the 75- to 80-degree range for the period. Most pleasantly, I give it a thumbs-up forecast.

No rain is on the horizon for Clark County although a weak weather system slides by to our north about Monday night or Tuesday. I’m guessing it remains to our north and we only see a glancing blow with some variable cloudiness. A small portion of longer-range models keep dangling the umbrella out about five or six days from now. We talked about that the other day. Each model pushes it out another day in the future. No worries here.

For the first seven days of the month Vancouver has twice the normal rainfall in the gauge and the average mean temperature is one-half degree above normal. Pretty mellow. Signs of early summer abound in the county. Driving around Friday I saw numerous local strawberry stands and a few U-pick fields. Yes, June is the strawberry month.

The full strawberry moon is June 21, which makes it particularly special as it occurs on the summer solstice. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the last time it happened was in 1985.

Back to my drive around the county. I observed one large hay field that was freshly cut amidst a breathtaking background of our local volcano peaks. There I could clearly see Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. If I stretched my neck far enough, Mount Rainier waved hello. These mountains, thanks to recent late spring snows, were, well, white as snow. Nothing less than outstanding.

I looked at one of my tomato plants Friday and the recent warm weather produced a small green fruit. And we are off and growing under summer skies ahead. Get out this weekend and enjoy the bounty of fresh air, sunshine and blue skies. Well, there may be some brief morning clouds Sunday, but the sun shows its face later.

Take good care everyone.

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Columbian freelance columnist