Daily Archives: May 28, 2012

So far the month of May running just slightly colder and wetter than normal

After reviewing Seattle’s climate data on www.beautifulseattle.com, a reliable summary of Seattle’s climate since January 1998, I found a few interesting things about the month of May so far:

  • The mean average temperature of Seattle during the month of May is only 55.7 degrees, and the current monthly temperature is just shy of that, running at 55.0. And although it seems like we’ve been through a lot more, the monthly rainfall total, which averages out around 1.68”, is at 1.89”.
  • The lack of sunshine we’ve received so far this month is also on par with how things have been the past 4 years, as the last time we saw a comparatively warm and dry May was back in 2008. Every May since then has been fairly wet and cool.

Does this have any correlation with how the summer will turn out? Not necessarily. Usually seasonal trends have an effect on the current season we’re in, but as far as a spring weather pattern dictating how our summer will be…well, it isn’t a reliable thing to gamble with.

I will say that aside from a few spurts of mild weather here and there, we look to be entering into a rather cool weather pattern that will last the next couple weeks. Tomorrow will be one of those days to catch up on any outside chores that didn’t get done this weekend as skies will be partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

For Wednesday and Thursday we’ll roll the clouds back in and introduce some more steady showers with highs remaining seasonable in the mid 60s. This next weekend doesn’t look too great at this point as showers and clouds will continue to move through the area, but the good news is it seems by the time we end the weekend, we run out of moisture and although we’ll be drier, it will also be cool with highs near 60.

I don’t know about you, but I’d save a few of these days for your memory bank come this summer. I’ll call it now…you’ll wish we had one of these days after we experience a decent string of hot weather over the next few months! 🙂

Have a great day tomorrow!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap