Break From May Gray in NW Coming?

By: PugetSoundPost , 4:42 PM GMT on May 16, 2011

May 21, Just past midnight

Seattle hit 70 for the first time since last Nov 4! That is kind of a nice monkey off the back of everyone around here! Some very nice days of late - actually making it into the low 70's here at home and feeling nice.

I have been busy outside - "making hay while the sun shines", as they say. Cleaning out flower beds, planting flowers in the yard and in pots, cleaning up deck furniture, sweeping, and bringing us back into the land of the living a little. Lawn mowers have been busy in the neighborhood, cars are getting washed, kids playing in yards, neighbors standing in the street visiting. The shackles of winter are being thrown off in the great Pacific Northwest!

But, change is coming again and this delight is not lasting for now. Summer is still a distance away. But spring is making me content.


May 17, 8:30 PM

After yesterday, today has been another head-spinner. A much better day today than yesterday, when it never cleared and just seemed like a day more reminiscent of several months ago. Too cool, too cloudy, too breezy; especially for the middle of May.

But then today came! A mostly sunny day, warmer - into the middle 60's, although mostly not that warm, but surely pleasant and what we should readily expect for "Spring" (no, not summer, but definitely spring!)! Our low this morning was 41, so still that bit of chill in the early air. However, no complaints, as it has been just a nice spring day!

To top it off, we are heading into the next three days of what looks like a nice change for the better! Sunshine and a bit warmer still! Getting anxious! And my flowers can't wait to hopefully get planted soon!


May 16, 9:40 AM

Today is a giant step backward again. Solid, heavy overcast, too cool (49 currently, low of 47 this morning), breezy (high gust of 18 mph a little while ago)and threatening rain, which is only supposed to increase in chance this afternoon.

Rain would not be a surprise, given the weekend we had. Wow! It rained a lot for any season here, let alone in the middle of May. As I wrote over the weekend, Saturday turned into quite a crazy day. It started out rather nice, stayed surprisingly nice most of the day, giving us a rare decent day for our boat outing on Puget Sound, but rain moved in during the late afternoon/early evening. By midnight we had 3/4 inch of rain, which kept coming into Sunday, finally stopping by midday on Sunday, but not really clearing either. Yesterday's high only reached 54 degrees. Our storm total at home was 1.3". And as usual, other places had considerably more rain. All of it record-setting. The NWS reports that by Sunday evening 1.78" rain fell officially, which is the monthly average for all of May. So, not very May-like around here. In fact, if not for the newly minted green leaves on the trees, looking out the window I'd say it was a typical February day.

Last Friday was a nice break in the action. Sunny and warmer than we have been used to. I used that day to run to a couple of nurseries and finally bought some flowers for the yard and deck. Unfortunately I ran out of time and none have been actually planted or potted yet. Not likely to happen today, either. Just last evening my daughter finally (we have not rushed, "you know, the weather") planted pumpkin seeds indoors. They will probably shoot up and be begging to move outdoors before we know it. Then what? They won't be happy to move to the cold, soggy garden.

A break may be coming, however. This cold trough that is driving our weather today and tomorrow, may give way to a nice little ridge offshore beginning about Wednesday. Hooray! Sunshine and warmer days are currently predicted for Wednesday-Friday (showers again after that). In fact, perhaps ABOVE normal temperatures are possible!! Officially Seattle has not reached 70 degrees since Nov. 4, 2010, and that long streak may be in danger of ending by later this week. Wouldn't that be wonderful??

May 16
Sunrise: 5:30 AM -- Sunset: 8:40 PM (PDT)
(gaining 2 min, 27 seconds tomorrow. We are now well below our peak of fastest gaining daylight per day)


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5. BriarCraft
5:46 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Just came by to say Hi

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4. PugetSoundPost
6:49 AM GMT on May 21, 2011
Hi Briar! I have no complaints about our weather the last few days - sunshine and warmer! Such a nice relief. I have been hurriedly working in the yard - cleaning it up after the long winter and also doing quite a bit of planting of flowers. It looks like the season has changed finally - just by looking around the yard!
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3. BriarCraft
5:34 PM GMT on May 20, 2011
Shame about your weather. 5 consecutive dry (mostly) sunny days here this week. I even had to dig out the sunscreen. Amazing bright light in the sky. And pleasantly warm, too.
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2. PugetSoundPost
5:57 PM GMT on May 16, 2011
It is pretty exciting to think about, isn't it Briar?!The fleece needs to go away on a long vacation!
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1. BriarCraft
5:00 PM GMT on May 16, 2011
Can you imagine a warmer-than-normal day? I don't remember what that feels like, but I'm looking forward to the experience nonetheless. Keeping fingers and toes crossed until then!
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