I wish I had better news for the holiday weekend, like sunny skies and highs in the 80s. That might be the forecast after the holiday, as forecasts indicate drier conditions and higher temperatures next week. In the next few days, however, expect a couple of weather systems to drop down the coastline that will usher in more marine clouds and scattered showers. The high temperature will struggle to get to 60 degrees, unless we have a few sun breaks.
DODGE CITY, Kan. — Crews are evaluating the damage Wednesday after tornadoes destroyed several homes and left two people critically injured in western Kansas as a series of severe storms swept across the Plains.
Monday turned out to be quite pleasant with plenty of afternoon sunshine. Highs were near or slightly below normal. Most afternoon temperatures around the county were between 66 and 70 degrees, with the latter the “normal” high for this week of May.
Mark up another banner for the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands. Skies were overcast and temperatures in the mid-50s Saturday, perfect for those marching bands. It was a little chilly for the fans but not bad with no measurable rain. Showers did break out afterward with a few rumbles of thunder and scattered downpours. So another dry year in the record books as Mother Nature continues to bless this annual event.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of small boats navigated deep floodwaters that have inundated thousands of homes in the Sri Lankan capital to deliver aid and rescue the elderly and sick from rooftops, as forecasters warned Friday of more heavy rain.
ELANGAPITIYA VILLAGE, Sri Lanka — As soldiers searched Thursday for hundreds of people missing after landslides swallowed three central Sri Lankan villages, family members huddled in crowded shelters waiting for news about the fate of loved ones.
Last month at this time I was writing about sitting in the shade and having a cold ice tea. Nope, not this time. Cool showery weather is with us for several days, maybe longer. It looks like the cool and damp weather will last to Memorial Day weekend. Some forecast models indicate it continues through the holiday, others are more optimistic.
ELANGAPITIYA VILLAGE, Sri Lanka — Soldiers and police used sticks and bare hands Wednesday to dig through enormous piles of mud covering houses in three villages hit by massive landslides in central Sri Lanka, with hundreds of families reported missing.
The weather forecast panned out as we discussed Thursday, with a good soaking Saturday night and Sunday. Vancouver had 0.75 inch, and some outlying areas had an inch or more. The coastal beaches had much less, generally around a quarter inch.