May Gray (or is it grey?)

By: WatchinTheSky , 7:51 PM GMT on May 16, 2010

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May 21 Friday, 10ish AM
One month til summer, we are solid into May gray. Thursday was a break from most of the gray, it is back today and looks to stay for the weekend. We should drop 10 degrees by Sunday - a good day to get some work done in the garden.


May 16 noonish

We are settling into the late spring May gray weather pattern which for the inland valleys generally means morning low clouds burning off by 10-11 AM. The coast will be later to see el sol come around. We should be mid 70s to 80 inland, though next week late we may spike up a bit. Dinner on the patio is great this time of year.

The two desert willows are fully leafed out and the first blooms of this season are out. I hope an early bout with aphids does not cause a diminished showing.


The apricot mallow must have enjoyed the rains this spring --


The weather is pretty prime for the chelonians residing in the side yard.


There are plenty of fresh sprouts and crawly things, depending on your preference!

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12. SBKaren
2:51 AM GMT on May 22, 2010
Sure couldn't complain about today! Was rather gray this morning and for a while there I had my doubts...but then the sun made a wonderful, long appearance. Rain? Again? Here? Guess I better check the forecast - I missed any weather report today - I was too busy being outside enjoying this sunshine ☼
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11. calpoppy
2:37 AM GMT on May 22, 2010
Don't mean to offend WTS with calling people down below flatlanders but that is what we call everyone down there. Just a term not meant to be an insult. We also say we are going down below or down the hill when we are headed to a lower elevation. It is interesting to see a certain amount of elevation snobbery up here. The higher up you live the better you think you are. It is very funny when you think about it!
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10. WatchinTheSky
4:03 PM GMT on May 21, 2010
SBKaren, May gray, June gloom - coastal southern Cal. My biggest problem with gray skies is that I feel if it is not sunny, it should be raining! Of course, that's not how it works. Even though I am a long time San Diegan and know it's going to be gray, it's still a bummer. As you mentioned, a person can acclimate - but I think you acclimate to what you like, other stuff can still be annoying.

calpoppy - maybe 'lowlanders' is more appropriate but you are right. I have done as SBKaren says and gone for the high country (Julian) to see some sun on occasion during gray season. I am not seeing the rain in our neck of the woods, possible drizzle tonight and Sat night.


PugetSoundPost - It's good to embrace your environment, that's great about Benjamin Moore - but I wonder, is that for those who can't get enough or is it a stealth thing to blend in with the background?! I remind myself that it would be visually very different here without the May-June gray slowing the release of what little rain we get. Nature's AC, as a few of our tv weather folks like to say.

WxWyz - I think a lot of people would say 'yes'. Good thing it is only a couple months.

Thanks for stopping by!
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9. calpoppy
2:21 AM GMT on May 21, 2010
Looks like a chance of rain for several days starting Sunday. I totally missed that! Cool temps coming our way too. Our three months of wind hopefully will be over in June. I am not happy with my wind blown look as of late. So only ponytails for a hair style for now. :)
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8. PugetSoundPost
6:00 AM GMT on May 18, 2010
Not sure if "depressing" is a color, but Seattle Gray is - Benjamin Moore paints offers "Seattle Gray" for sale to those who feel like they need a little more of it in their lives. Actually, we love our gray, as it is often all that we see for days or weeks on end! The sun hurts our eyes after a long spell of gray!
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7. SBKaren
2:56 AM GMT on May 18, 2010
calpoppy - when we have numerous days of May Gray or June Gloom in a row, I've been known to drive out of it just to see the sun!
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6. calpoppy
2:14 AM GMT on May 18, 2010
The flatlanders with their gray, and gloomy skies. We on the other hand have blue skies with large white clouds floating by. Quite beautiful! What a difference a few thousand feet make! :).
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5. SBKaren
12:43 AM GMT on May 18, 2010
What I find so amazing is how this type of weather affects (effects? - that's another one I always confuse) my mood. And it's surely not me - everyone I know really detests this weather!
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4. SBKaren
12:42 AM GMT on May 18, 2010
I was reading my book today The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which takes place in England and off the coast of England on the island of Guernsey - and they used the color grey in the book. That made me think of this site that I belong to: Going Gray Looking Great - and a few of the gals are from England and they always write gray with an 'e'.

Just like color and colour - as you posted in my blog. They use z where we use s a lot too.

I guess that's why you can use gray and/or grey interchangeably - but gray would be proper.
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3. WxWyz
9:25 PM GMT on May 17, 2010
Is depressing a color?
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2. SBKaren
8:32 PM GMT on May 17, 2010
It's:

gray
1   /greɪ/ [grey] adjective,-er, -est, noun, verb
–adjective
1.
of a color between white and black; having a neutral hue.
2.
dark, dismal, or gloomy: gray skies.

But you can also use grey interchangeably. When I type grey with my Firefox (and built in spell check) grey is underlined. So I always use gray.

I now use flier to describe a handbill too. I see most people use flyer - but that's just downright wrong - but acceptable.

Anyway, it's May Gray here too. I don't like it because it takes all the color out of everything and leaves me with a blah feeling. On days like this I'd just rather be at work...at least it helps the day go by!
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1. calpoppy
5:30 PM GMT on May 17, 2010
Your desert willows look very healthy. Ours got zapped by the frost, but are coming back nicely. Rain in the forecast??? Gotta believe it won't be much, but it is nice to have overcast skies today. Since I have Sunday's off now (long time coming) we got a chance to go down the hill to a great Farmer's Market. The best russian fingerling potatoes I have ever had, plus asparagus cheap and good ( 3 bunches for $4.00). We had fun and will go again. But either their eggs were overpriced or I sell mine way to cheap. They had green eggs for $5.00 a dz. I sell them for $3.00. Oh, the mariposa lilies are blooming, nice show this year. Enjoy your week.
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