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Weather Eye: Rain on June 27 and even more about that lore

I always say that if you bust a forecast, at least land on the favorable side of things. The cool showers that were supposed to develop as of 5 p.m. Wednesday fizzled making their presence locally. That cold pool of air drifted southward all the way off the Southern Oregon Coast.

However, bands of showers and thunderstorms did rotate around and northward mainly along the Oregon and Southern Washington Cascades where we thought the worst would be anyway. Parts of the county had a few claps of thunder and sprinkles over the past two days but little else.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday the high for Vancouver easily reached 75 degrees with abundant sunshine. Just about average for the date. Did you see those towering cumulus clouds to the southeast and east Wednesday afternoon and evening? A severe thunderstorm was hitting Mount Hood along Highway 26 around 4 p.m.

For today, folks, I still expect to get some rainfall in the form of showers or thunderstorms. If it remains dry, well, then at least we tried. Anyone for a rain dance? Still an outside chance of an early shower Friday then quickly settling down over the weekend.

Rainfall in Vancouver so far this month as of 5 p.m. Wednesday was only four-tenths of an inch. We would need a heavy downpour of more than 1 inch to even get close to average, so keep watering. I guess installing some rain barrels and heavy mulching are in order to help with the trend of below normal rainfall.

I’ve had many inquiries about where I found the weather lore about rain on June 27. Of course, it is in several popular almanacs, but I always discover some unique weather lore in an 1893 book, “Weather Lore, A Collection of Proverbs, Sayings and Rules Concerning the Weather.”

From Google books you can get a free e-book with many hours of fascinating weather reading, much of it written in old English. Go to:

Meanwhile, if it doesn’t rain today, I’ll be going incognito this weekend.


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