Daily Archives: June 1, 2009

May 2009 Weather Stats: You May Be Surprised!


It’s another beautiful day out there, though I wish the high clouds would leave us alone…it makes it feel quite muggy outside.

Good news? We’re stepping closer to summer because we are officially in June which means 20 more days until summer begins and more importantly spring ends (spring is my least favorite season if you couldn’t tell by now!)

And now we’re officially stepping into a new month it is time to reveal some May 2009 Weather Stats. I know! I’m excited too! So, here’s the graph:


*You can click on the above image for a closer look.

Can you believe it? The very first day of May, a little period in the middle of May and a few days at the end of May really made a difference between a below normal or above normal month. Even though the cold, wet windy weather may stand out above the nice, dry weather the numbers don’t lie: we ended up 0.5º above normal, first time we’ve been above normal for a monthly temperature in 6 months. Crazy.

Precipitation was no doubt high (1.06” above normal to be exact!), but for some reason I expected the numbers to be even higher. I mean, Seattle ended the month with 3.61” of rain in the rain gauge and “all we got” was 2.79”? Hmm…well, we all know the Bremerton records aren’t the greatest. At best, the numbers you see on the graph are a guide…I don’t know how much stock we should put into them.

Overall, I’d say if you count the windstorms and abnormal rain out of the picture, May 2009 has been pretty normal with a few heat waves sprinkled within long streaks of partly sunny, 60º days.

But now we look forward to June. Last month I released my Summer 2009 Weather Prediction (which you can read in more detail here if you missed it) and in it I talked about the likelihood of having a sluggish, wet June. While the next 5-6 days of this month look outstanding, there are signs this prediction may not have been so far off…

Long range models that run until the end of June are signaling a return to near normal if not slightly below normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation. But that’s not to say we won’t have our moments of sunny, warm days!

But like I mentioned, the next 5-6 days will be gorgeous: 80º days, some of which will be well into the 80s, with partly to mostly sunny skies as the high clouds hang around for a while.

Next weekend looks cooler with more in the way of clouds. High temps will still be in the upper 60s/low 70s so even with the clouds around it will still be mild, making this location feel more like Kansas City, MO than Kitsap County, WA 🙂

Have a great day!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap