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Weather Eye: Sun, some clouds will keep week’s weather pleasant

By Patrick Timm, Columbian freelance columnist
Published: June 11, 2024, 6:01am

A pleasant week is upon us with sunshine and a couple days with either low marine clouds or higher clouds at times. No heat waves in sight. Longer range models are coming together and the majority rules are that we have a good chance of showers and cooler weather this weekend. Some would call it June gloom. It is not a slam dunk yet, so we’ll revisit this on Thursday.

As far as weather statistics go, Vancouver is now two degrees above normal with the average mean temperatures. Rainfall is still ahead but by Friday, with no rain expected, we should be about average for the month.

We reached 90 degrees once this year on May 10, but whether we will repeat that in the remaining days of the month is unknown. Over the past decade or so we have averaged 15 to 20 90-degree days each year. That statistic has risen in the past, and we have tallied several years with over 20 days. Perhaps this summer will behave itself with temperate temperatures. Average highs are good in my book.

While we had fair skies and warm temperatures over the weekend, eastern Washington and Oregon had plenty of thunderstorms with loads of lightning. Southeast Oregon had several downpours which are always welcome in such arid locations. At one time in far eastern Washington there was a severe thunderstorm warning issued. Who would have known since it was so quiet here.

I have most of the May rainfall reports from around the area, which I will share with you later in the week. One can tell the spring snowmelt is well underway. The Cascade peaks are now showing a few bare spots on the steep slopes. Waters are running cold and fast on some rivers.

Usually, June is one of our cloudiest months with the usual day time hours of morning clouds, even more cloudy than its predecessor May. Those morning clouds like we had on Sunday are why we have comfortable temperatures in June. And that will be the case this week with highs through Friday in the 70s. If clouds and showers return over the weekend, highs will be below normal in the 60s.

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Columbian freelance columnist