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Weather Eye: As April makes up its mind, we review March rainfall

Wednesday was our 11th day without measurable rainfall here in Vancouver. Needless to say, we are running way average for the month. I don’t see many April showers hanging around anytime soon. We could see some drizzle when we get another marine push on Saturday.

Weather charts for next week indicate we may see some showers, but details are lacking at this point. We’ll jump into that on Sunday. Meanwhile, we enjoy sunny skies today and Friday with highs in the 70s.

OK, since we are lacking in the rainfall department for this month, let’s review some rainfall from your friends and neighbors for March. Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 6.74 inches; Rob Starr, Cougar, 10.41 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lake Shore, 3.12 inches; Larry Lesback, Harborton, 3.61 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 4.80 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 5.06 inches; Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 3.10 inches;  Bob Mode, Minnehaha, 2.94 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 4.02 inches; Chuck Houghten, Hockinson Heights, 6.06 inches; Irv St. Germain, Prune Hill, 3.91 inches; Dave Campbell, 1 mile west of Heisson, 5.46 inches; and Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 5.80 inches. Our friend Roland Dersken in Vancouver, B.C., had 3.50 inches. In comparison, the official rainfall for Vancouver USA was 2.55 inches, 1.02 inches below average.

The lack of rain and gusty winds lately have caused the county to ban outdoor burning except approved fire pits. I don’t remember seeing this go into effect this early in the year. Other counties in the state have also issued restrictions including the coastal strip of Pacific County. Amazing. Rain, please?

When I think of spring and the weather getting a tad nicer, I envision rain showers with raindrops gently dancing in the street. Birds chirping and bright blue skies dotted with puffy white clouds. Yes, my thoughts of April, indeed. This month apparently has its own character, and we’ll see which avenue it tiptoes down these last two weeks.

Deep breaths, ice tea, sunshine on the porch — and we will chat on Sunday.


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