Weather Eye: Rain, rain is here to stay – at least until end of May

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reac

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at

I think we got spoiled by those weeks of sunny, warm and dry weather. I know I did. The rains returned Tuesday, took a brief break early Wednesday, then came back again by late afternoon. Did you feel the humidity yesterday afternoon?

It was indeed humid, with values at 70-80 percent relative humidity. I mentioned that the brunt of the cool and damp weather was headed toward California. Vancouver topped out at 65 degrees Wednesday and Los Angeles had the same as of 4 p.m. We reached only 60 degrees on Tuesday.

There is an unusually cool and wet jet stream pushing a whole slog of moisture to our south. High mountains in California could get several feet of snow; locally, we’ll see heavy valley rains. We kind of get the leftovers. So, once again, I get out my broad brush and paint the forecast with showers or a chance of showers each and every day in the next seven days.

Timing, that always is the key. Looking at weather charts late yesterday, it appeared we could have a totally dry period late Friday into a good share of the day Saturday. So, once again, the weather gods may bless the Hazel Dell parade. It rarely rains, you know, during that event.

While our summer weather outlook for June through August calls for warmer and drier than normal, the remainder of May looks just the opposite. The National Climate Service is calling for far below high temperatures and above-average rainfall for the end of May and the long Memorial Day holiday. Always have a Plan B if camping that weekend.

Hopefully, the sun will shine, though every drop of rain delays the wildfire season. Southwest Washington, according to officials, is now in a moderate drought. This has been the case the past few years.

Weather affects nature, too. The Sitka spruce trees on the northern Oregon and southern Washington coasts are getting devastated by the spruce aphid believed to be from the dry conditions.

2019-05-16 13:03:00

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