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Weather Eye: ‘Rainstorm’ doesn’t make much of an impression; warming ahead

Wednesday’s “rainstorm” brought little rainfall to us locally and took a while to start falling. As I wrote this at 5 p.m. Wednesday some light rain was falling in Vancouver. The Washington Coast received between a quarter and a half-inch of rain as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Winds were gusty too, with some gusts in the 30-35 mph range.

I will admit the satellite photo Tuesday night showed an impressive storm headed toward Vancouver Island with a good cold front aimed at us. Although it looked juicy, it is August and it takes a robust storm to penetrate inland beyond the coast. Wish we had more rain than what fell.

Today we will have marine air off the coast behind the front keeping our highs in the 70s. Friday through Monday we have highs close to 80 degrees, plus or minus. High pressure from the southwest is forecast to build and we should be in the upper 80s or close to 90 degrees as the school buses make their official maiden run.

Hot back-to-school weather? How many times have we seen that? Many of course. Even back in my old days when school began the day after Labor Day, we had some hot weather and no air conditioning.

Looking at the monthly statistics so far for Vancouver both rainfall and average mean temperature are pretty close to average. Nothing to write home about and the remainder of the month should continue to be uneventful for us weather folks.

One year ago Wednesday, we surpassed the record for the most 90-degree days in one year in Vancouver. By Aug. 21, 2018, we had 28 days of 90 degrees or higher. The old record was 27 days in 1906.


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