Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Northwest the exception to national warming statistics in May

I hope you all enjoyed the marvelous summer-time weather outside today! We were just one degree above the projected high temperature of 72 degrees, although I’m sure many of you felt it was much warmer. Don’t always trust those outdoor bank thermometers! They usually face the sun and make temperatures a good ten degrees higher than it is. For instance, at a bank today I saw a temperature reading of 82 degrees!

Speaking of warm weather, you may be surprised to find that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, issued a news story saying the U.S. as a whole experienced its second warmest May and hottest spring on record. But guess who the lucky exception was? The Northwest! Here’s a map of the temperature trends during May:

That’s right! Oregon had the wettest May on record, and we weren’t too far behind. It seems June will keep the trend going as rain system after rain system moves its way inland and brings the temperatures down with it.That will be the story for tonight, in fact. You have probably noticed those high clouds moving into the previously clear sky, and that’s the prelude to a cool and showery weather pattern for the next couple days. Though hard to believe, tomorrow will be showery and cool with highs in the mid 60s. This doesn’t look like last Thursday’s washout by any means, but it will certainly be a wet day.

Wednesday will feature more in the way of scattered showers and sunbreaks, although highs will dip even further to the 60 degree mark. Thursday is much of the same before Friday presents a chance at more 70 degree weather with partly sunny skies. Saturday and Sunday are kind of “sitting on the fence” when it comes to weather conditions, as some models indicate it could be dry, sunny and mild while others are leaning towards more wet and cool weather. The general consensus is, however, that cool weather will return by at least early next week.

So if you didn’t get a fair shot at today’s great weather, you always have this upcoming weekend! 🙂

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

(to see the NOAA’s full story, click here).