May's Rough Start

By: PugetSoundPost , 1:17 AM GMT on May 03, 2010

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May 5, 10:30 PM
A high of 50 today and lots of clouds. The low this morning was 39 and we accumulated .08" rain. We had a lot less sun today than even earlier this week. Just a pretty plain gray, cool, and damp day.

May 3, 10:30 PM
An interesting day today. Overnight last night didn't produce as much here as perhaps possible - not much rain and the high wind rang up to only 26 mph. But, more exposed places saw more than this, including power outages. Much of the earlier half of today was unsettled but nothing too strong occuring. But, as the afternoon wore on, things livened up and by this evening the Puget Sound convergence zone had fired up and we were under it for a good soaking. The sky darkened and lowered tremendously and it rained hard at times, with small hail in the mix. We even lit up with a few rather near lightning strikes and big booms of thunder - we haven't had any of that in a long time! For most of the day the temp was in the 50's and then dropping down through the 40's beginning around noon, as the cold air behind the front has been filtering in all day. Currently at 10:30 pm it is 38, so a raw evening in May! Even snow showers are in the forecast as a possibility, mixed into the heavy showers. For today we have received .67" rain, most of it in the last few hours, but it is quieting down now. Tomorrow could see some similar weather as today - most anything is possible!

May 2, 6:15 PM

Ok, it is May now, but the past nice thoughts of spring have disappeared from view here in western Washington. Yesterday, May Day, was cool (actually it felt cold when standing around too long outside in the morning), mostly cloudy, threatening rain most of the time, with a brief look at the sun in the afternoon that was hard on my eyes after only gray for so long now. "Thankfully" it did not last long and we could quickly settle back down into our comfortable gray routine. April ended the same as much of the month and May is off to a rousing start now.

As I type, "a winter-like" storm is bearing down on us, coming out of the Gulf of Alaska. Late tonight and overnight we are expecting strong winds, a wind advisory has indeed been hoisted over much of western Washington, rain, and heavy mountain snow. By Monday the snow level is expected to drop to a pretty low 2500 feet for May. A strong cold front will rush across the region, followed by a cold air mass. The barometer is falling already and the sky has thickened up to a low, solid gray just in the last couple of hours. The ceiling is lowering and the storm is definitely on its way. A breeze has been freshening over the afternoon and by late tonight should be headed into strong gusts. Lake Washington was fairly rough a couple of hours ago. Our high today was 59, but it has been falling all afternoon and it is about 50 currently. The flower petals that have valiantly tried to provide needed color need to hang on tight tonight!

May 2
Sunrise: 5:49 AM ---- Sunset: 8:22 PM (PDT)
gaining 2 minutes, 58 seconds tomorrow

April Summary

Average High Temp: 62
Average Low Temp: 41
Warmest Day: 79 on April 19
Coldest Low: 30 on April 10
Windiest Day: 32 mph on April 2
Rainiest Day: .80" on April 21

Total Rain for April: 3.10"

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4. WatchinTheSky
6:48 PM GMT on May 06, 2010
Hi, looks like we have somewhat similar 5 day outlooks. Judging by the satellite views, I think you have the better chance for rain - I am not getting too enthused about our chances, but maybe! I have started to divert some of my weather watching energy to my little garden. Mostly tomatoes - but some corn and lettuce if I can keep the bunnies out.

Tennessee surely got clobbered, the photos from buckey2745 bring it home. There's where the rain has gone.

I do miss the rain, but it will be back and the sun is nice too. Maybe we will get some of calpoppy's monsoon action over the summer!
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3. Buckey2745
11:22 AM GMT on May 06, 2010
I still have family and friends in Nashville, so I try to go down as often as I can. In fact, I almost decided to skip my vacation to Put In Bay, OH today and go to Nashville instead. I don't know what I could do to help, but I do feel that "tug."

My wife and I actually went down and stayed in the Opryland Hotel in 2007 for our anniversary. Here's a before and after, comparing my picture from 2007 and a picture a family friend sent this morning:

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2. calpoppy
2:17 AM GMT on May 06, 2010
Hi PSP, looks like you'll be getting the rain now not us. I am looking forward to the summers monsoon season. Really hoping for some good thunderstorms this year. We got 2 inches of rain a couple years ago in July from the monsoons and that really kept the wildflowers blooming a bit longer.
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1. Buckey2745
6:21 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
Wow, sure does sound like a Northwestern day. How much longer before you get in to spring-like weather?
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