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Weather Eye: Smoky air’s silver lining is lower-than-forecast temperatures

first_img The smoke and haze were so thick Monday that we barely made it to 82 degrees, far from the forecasted high in the low 90s. It was a forecast bust, but cooler is better. We are still waiting to get one more day of 90 degrees or better to break the record of 27 days in a calendar year set way back in 1906. The forecast calls for 90 degrees or higher today and Wednesday. If we fail, I do not see any high temperatures in the 90s for some time. A deep trough of low pressure swings inland on Thursday causing temperatures to drop back to the 70s with morning clouds. We could see drizzle in areas of Western Washington, best chance is at the coast. By the weekend, another low drops in and showers are possible. It is still up in the air as to where and how much. Vancouver hasn’t had measurable precipitation since July 2. The thick smoke was even at the coast, where it was socked in like fog. You could even smell smoke on the beach, and there is nowhere to escape the smoke the next couple of days in Washington and Oregon.The warmest temperature at 4 p.m. Monday was Bellingham with 86 degrees. Both Seattle and Vancouver had 81 degrees. I hate to rush the season, but I am ready for autumn with its cool, crisp air and, yes, even some rain. You feel trapped under all this smoke.Stay indoors if possible, or wear a face mask if highly sensitive to the unhealthy air. Hope for a good marine push by Thursday. We’ll chat again on that day. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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