Casting a shadow

Hope you all had a great weekend, as, for the most part, it was dry and warmer than many days during this past week.

I was in South Africa during Punxsutawney Phil’s last weather prediction on February 2nd, but I heard he saw his shadow which meant six more weeks of winter. But I think many of us agree that the “six more weeks” forecast was far too conservative. Since January 2011, we have had only one month above normal in temperatures, that being September 2011, and even then temperatures were only 0.5 degrees above normal. The past two winters have featured windstorms, flooding, snow, ice, freezing rain and record low temperatures. Indeed, the Northwest is going through quite the cool trend that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime too soon.

For those who voted on the poll that they want warmer, 80-90 degree weather…well, it’ll be a while before we get there. But for the majority who voted on partly sunny skies and highs in the 70s, you may enjoy at least a portion of the following forecast because there will be a few opportunities to “cast shadows” in the sun!

Today’s high temperature of 64 degrees was definitely a relief for many and according to the rain gauge, we haven’t had measurable precipitation for a whole two days! It’s a miracle!

From June 6th to June 8th, Forecasting Kitsap blog reader Kim recorded 2 1/2” of rain in her rain gauge in Silverdale:

Thanks, Kim, for the picture! And luckily we won’t be seeing any numbers like that for quite a while.

Tomorrow will be another breather day with partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s and low 70s. After nearly two weeks of cool and wet weather, we’ll finally make the 70 mark. But this respite of 70 degree weather won’t last too long as a small system rolls through to plauge our Tuesday. If you’re planning any outdoor activities, Monday will definitely be the better day.

Wednesday and Thursday will be cool and showery with highs in the low 60s, but this coming weekend (at least the first half of it) looks great. Skies will clear on Friday, and highs will rise to the upper 60s and low 70s again before our next little rain system on Sunday.

So it still looks like a lot of back and forth weather from here on out, but at least we should stay away for the 50s for highs with heavy rain. Knock on wood, but I think the worst is behind us!

Have a great evening,

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

forecastingkitsap@live.com