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Weather Eye: Rainfall falls somewhat short; cooler days ahead

Rainfall amounts locally Wednesday were far more lackluster than I thought as the main precipitation belt remained to our north and also a fetch of heavy rain near Tillamook on the Oregon Coast, where a quick 3 inches fell Wednesday, causing lowland flooding.

Meanwhile, Vancouver received a little less than a quarter-inch of rain Wednesday with higher amounts to the north and west. Today the heavy rain remains northward but eventually we get some rain on Friday. Light rain is possible today, however we keep it in the 50-50 chance range.

Freezing levels do fall Saturday as the main trough of low pressure drops southward. Good news as rain was falling in the Cascades passes. The snow level will drop down to our foothills, generally about 1,000 feet by Tuesday.

Longer-range forecast models indicate we go into a chilly period by midweek next week but things dry out. So, it may end up cold enough for snow here in the lowlands, but no moisture. It is a ways out there so we will see how things develop as we get closer.

Again, we see the trade-off in winter as mentioned earlier, when it dries out temperatures fall. Expect some frost next week and time to switch outerwear attire. Highs drop from 50 degrees or higher to the low 40s.

I forgot to mention on Sunday, Groundhog Day, as is tradition in my family, we watched “Groundhog Day” as we do every year over and over again with Bill Murray. Poor weatherman. I can only imagine the nightmare waking up day after day with the same weather forecast. My favorite movie.

You remember last year about this time locally we were having chilly weather and snow. Even the coast had an inch or two. Walking along the Long Beach Peninsula, I watched the sands of time covered in a winter white enticing the cold ocean waves to come upon the shore. Soon, the snow was gone and was no more. Memories. Weather brings us memories.


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