June Begins, Rain Continues (but hope for sun soon!)

By: PugetSoundPost , 3:14 PM GMT on June 02, 2011

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June 7, 10 PM

Quick note this evening with our stats for the day:
Today's high only reached 58 degrees (low of 50). This is a 20 degree drop from yesterday's high of 78, and Sunday brought 82! So after the VERY NICE weekend, what a change today! Heavy clouds, so much cooler, breezy (high wind of 23 mph) and even .07" rain; misty drizzle this morning, and more substantial showers this afternoon. Today was basically a pretty crummy day, for any June 7.


June 4, 10:15 PM
What a Delightful Day!

Our best day since last September! Our thermometer hit 80 as our high today! Hooray! Beautiful sunshine and blue sky - ahhh....

I wasn't outside nearly enough but the warm breeze blowing through the house felt good. I'll take some more, please!



June 3, 10:10PM
Sunny Start to Weekend

Now to write about the part in the title of this piece that expresses hope for sun!

Today has been a fine start to the promised sunny weekend! A few scattered puffy clouds this morning quickly gave way to a very pleasant, sunny day. Our high reached 72 - very nice but just a positive foreshadowing of what a truly nice summer day could be like a few degrees warmer. However, after the spring we have had, a day of 72 seems just wonderful! Our morning low was 46, which was a little cooler than we have had lately (too clear!) so it took awhile through the morning to warm up more thoroughly. Both tomorrow and Sunday should maybe be a little warmer and the sunshine is sooo welcome!

My daughter's high school band played in a local park this evening for a Kirkland event, and it was festive with venders, farmer's market, and neighbors. Just adding to the feel that summer is now close at hand!


June 2, 8:15 AM

Just when you think the page may be turning, and although the calendar did turn yesterday, hopes for a turn in the weather as well have dimmed a bit. Not gone, just dimmed.

The last several days have been a mix of clouds and sun with some drippy rains 'sprinkled in'. The temperatures have remained mostly in the 60's but the rain has not totaled very much. At times there has been a lot of overcast, then at times the sun would make scattered appearances. When the sun does come out it gives an entirely different atmosphere - hopes of summer! Just so stubbornly short-lived, unfortunately.

The page did turn to June and rather than lifting our hearts, I think most of us have experienced quite a sinking-heart feeling. June 1 could have easily passed for January, the way it looked outside, if you could mentally remove the leafy trees. A heavy, solid, low-hanging sky and more substantial rain to match. Steady rain settled over us for quite awhile, and in the end we had .23". There were some broken patches in the sky in the evening, but showers rolled over from time to time, erasing any clearing. The high temperature yesterday was only 62, but for much of the day it was in the upper 50's. Today is no different. Another very socked-in sky and steady light rain. So far this morning we are up to .14" and it is currently 49.

Hope always remains, however! This weekend is promising a big improvement, beginning on Friday. After a series of upper lows that have been hanging over us for too long finally move away for awhile, beginning tomorrow high pressure should start to build, drying and stabilizing the atmosphere; at least for a couple of days. The weekend should be much sunnier and warmer - into the 70's and maybe even an 80 here or there!! Hurry outside! But it just won't last. By late Sunday or certainly Monday, the marine push will drive the clouds back over us and chill us down below normal again for next week. But rather than dwell on next week, we have the weekend to look forward to! We still have garden plants to get into the ground, a few more flowers to plant, a lawn that needs mowing, and unfortunately our schedule over the next handful of days doesn't have much space for these activities, mainly the planting ones.

June 2
Sunrise: 5:14 AM --- Sunset: 8:59 PM (PDT)
(gaining 1 minute 28 seconds tomorrow)

May Stats in Review:

Average High: 64.4
Average Low: 44.3
Highest Temperature: 76 (5/20)
Coldest High Temperature: 53 (5/2)
Coldest Low Temperature: 37 (5/1 and 5/4)
Warmest Low Temperature: 49 (5/15, 5/29 and 5/30)
Highest Wind: 22 mph (5/26)
Wettest Day: May 14 (.73" rain)
Days of Measurable Rain: 18

Total Rain for May: 3.03"

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5. WatchinTheSky
3:09 AM GMT on June 13, 2011
HiPSP! I'll try and reciprocate by sending you and BC some sunny weather since you lent us a bit of precip! We are deep into 'June Gloom' here, but for us (25 mile from the coast) that means low clouds and fog until 10-11 AM, then sun and 70s, although Friday we did not see sun until 2. So, dinner with the hummingbirds 3 or 4 times last week, and nice temps for a backyard project. With design and a power saw from the neighbor, I put up a pergola. Now I just need to figure out what to plant next to it that will climb up and on, maybe a Mandevilla or since the soil is lousy - a nice Zinfandel grapevine! The long daylight is nice for sure, but here it's 8 and the sun just went down, not quite like your latitude! Enjoy!
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4. BriarCraft
8:44 PM GMT on June 07, 2011
The last 80+ day here was September 27, 2010. 250 days from then to June 4. I almost didn't know what to do. That big, bright light in the sky. And the sky was blue. Actually blue. You never would have believed it if you hadn't seen it with your own eyes.

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3. PugetSoundPost
2:48 PM GMT on June 07, 2011
Hi WTS! We DID have a wonderful weekend and everyone loved it. Our high on Sunday reached 82 degrees! Unfortunately I wasn't really able to spend too much time outdoors, but it was a great weekend. Yesterday was nicer than expected, but just a little bit cooler and more clouds. Now today is a real big turn-around. Heavy clouds, breezy, cool, and even drizzly showers.

I'm glad some rain made it as far south as your area! We are happy to share. A nice little change of pace for you!
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2. WatchinTheSky
3:51 PM GMT on June 06, 2011
Excellent, you did get a warm weekend, warmer than here. It looks like you are moving into a cool down though. We had a taste of your spring last night - RAIN! It was not in the forecast, Saturday and Sunday were cloud free. Some strange and foreign sound outside woke me up around midnight, pitter patter drip drip! Your low from last week actually made it here!
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1. WatchinTheSky
5:50 PM GMT on June 03, 2011
Hi! Wouldn't that be something, you are on track for a warmer weekend than here! Not by much to be sure, but this time of year we should be almost 10 degrees warmer.

18 days of measurable rain last month, seems like a lot! I think we had 2 or 3 and under .5" :) oh well! We have had a pretty nice spring if all we can complain about is that it could be 5 degrees warmer as we have dinner out in backyard with the hummingbirds.
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