It didn’t rain on parade; week will be wet and dry

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Well, what can I say? We did it again, dry pavement for the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands — as usual! Despite some light overnight and early-morning showers, skies cleared partially once again for the annual event. And with the clouds, it was picture-perfect for the spectators, not too hot and not too cold, and no tarps or umbrellas needed. Also, no worry about sunburn.

Continuing on the bright side of things, Seattle finally got on board with the rest of us and made it to 70 degrees Friday, avoiding a new record. The city’s Facebook statement went like this: “Sea-Tac just reached 70 degrees at 1:59 PM this afternoon. The old record of the latest to reach 70 at Sea-Tac still stands at May 23rd, which occurred in 2003.” Not really the kind of records we want to make anyway, right?

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Forestry issued their summer outlook, and although it is a big improvement from our cool and wet spring, it still calls for lingering cool weather averaging maybe a bit below average for temperature, with rainfall near average to slightly below. And any stretch of hot weather will wait until mid-July.

I planted a garden this weekend, as I figure all danger of frost is past for the urban areas, though it remains for the outlying areas of the county. I know, there’s still snow on Silver Star, so a watchful weather eye will resume.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s prediction of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season resembles that of the Penn State University forecast I gave in Thursday’s column: an active season with between 12 and 18 named storms having winds greater than 39 mph. Of those, six to 10 should reach hurricane force of 75 mph or greater. And maybe three to six could be major hurricanes with winds above 110 mph. So, another active year stormwise, and hopefully the U.S. will not have much impact like last year. Too bad we couldn’t predict how many big storms will blast through our region this coming winter!

Enjoy your coming week with a few rainy days and a couple of dry days.

Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.