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Weather Eye: Cool weather pattern holding steady for now

Still not much new in the weather department as we continue our same old, same old weather pattern. Today will be much like Tuesday with some areas of drizzle or light rain. Amounts will be on the light side like the other day when Vancouver recorded .04 of an inch. That is the same amount we had on July 1, as well.

Are you enjoying our high temperatures or would you like to see them dialed up a bit? Can you believe we have put seven days in the record books with three days in the 60s and four days in the 70s, and not one was even close to average which now is 80 degrees? As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, we had only reached 74 degrees for a high.

OK, I hear from many of you that all is well, and a larger group saying where’s the heat? Come on, it’s July and where are those toasty nice days with 90-degree afternoon temperatures and a nice northwest breeze?

They must be in your dreams if you fall in that category because nothing like that is coming our way in the next seven to 10 days that I can see. We will bounce back and reach 80 degrees on Thursday, and if not, then Friday for sure. Saturday remains dry but Sunday we could see more light moisture and plenty of clouds.

This July is off to a cool start, something we haven’t seen in at least 10 years, maybe longer. I suspect all those earlier summer predictions of warmer and drier than average will be dialed down to near normal temperatures and precipitation. Of course, the average rainfall this month and next is less than an inch.

This kind of weather pattern is difficult for some such as hay farmers. For example, should I cut the fields now and bail on Saturday? With these minor intrusions of ocean air and associated drippy clouds sneaking in every couple days, it makes it tricky.

Meanwhile, you gardeners keep irrigating your plants as this type of precipitation does little for needed watering. Enjoy this topsy-turvy summer weather and we’ll chat on Sunday.

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


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