Patrick Timm We are surely well into the rainy season, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have a brief dry spell here and there. Forecast models have backed off on persistent rain, and Friday through Tuesday look like some dry, mild weather.Of course, that is always subject to change, but a dry weekend would be nice. Might be a good time to hang those holiday lights outside while it is dry and warm. Then turn them on when the holiday gets here, which won’t be long, as time seems to fly by these days.Looking at the satellite picture late Monday, I saw an atmospheric river aimed right at us, and heavy rain was expected overnight into early today. The good news is the weather system seemed to be a fast mover, so this afternoon and evening, just scattered showers.Wednesday looks dry and mild, with more rain on Thursday, and then dry Friday through the weekend.Still no good snows for the mountains — a dusting here and there and then more rain. The webcam Monday afternoon at Timberline showed some leftover wet snow and rain hitting the camera lens. It has to start soon if we want the snow season to be up and running by Thanksgiving. Still plenty of time for that, but extended forecast models have us in a mild pattern all next week.That certainly wasn’t the case across much of the eastern section of the U.S. with the earliest snowfall in recorded history in Columbia, S.C. Residents in parts of central Florida woke up to frosty conditions and 32 degrees Monday.