Weather Eye: May was warmer, drier than usual

Weak system could bring us rain soon




Patrick Timm

Wednesday was a pleasant day with typical end-of-May weather — a few clouds in the morning, then sunny with increasing high overcast late in the day. Those clouds were associated with a weak weather system that could bring some drizzle or light showers here and there today.

Another weak low will affect us Friday or Friday night, then another weaker one late Saturday. I think we’ll have little or no rain after today, just plenty of those typical June marine low clouds with clearing in the afternoons and really nice temperatures in the 70s. Almost picture-perfect.

May went into the record books as a drier than average and warmer than average month. For once! Let’s hope we are establishing a new trend here. The average mean temperature was 59.5 degrees, 1.5 degrees above average. The rainfall as of 5 p.m. Wednesday was just 1.78 inches, 0.70 inch below normal. We could have no measurable rain from now through the end of September and still be above average for the water year ending Sept. 30.

Besides May being a warm and dry month, we went from May 19 through 5 p.m. Wednesday without any measurable rainfall. We had 20 such days during the month if no rain fell before midnight, after press time.

We had some hot weather too, with the warmest at 92 degrees on May 22. The coolest was at 39 degrees on May 6 and 7.

The Hazel Dell Parade had beautiful weather, and it appears next week will be dry and warm as the Rose Festival activities really get going. Do I hear any complaints?

To sum things up: clouds today through Saturday with some clearing at times, mainly later in the day, and a risk of some drizzle or a light shower — but still more dry than wet. Then, Sunday on into next week looks high and dry.

I’ll close with a couple of bits of old weather lore for you to ponder. First, “If June is sunny, the harvest will come early.” But then there’s this: “If on the 8th of June it rains, it foretells a wet harvest.” I haven’t tracked that one. Let’s see how that day turns out.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at