It’s true in the stock market. And it’s true with any kind of northwest weather trend.
But I also know this much from digging through the record books: the last time we had a bunch of 80 degree days in May, it did in fact, turn into a long, hot summer!
Looking Back At May 2009 – And What Happened After That
The last time Portland even hit 80 degrees during the month of May was back in 2009. During May 2010 our warmest day was 76. And during May 2011 our warmest day was 74. Both of those years turned out to be fairly cool summers and there was a lot of whining!
But May 2009 was a hot one with seven days in the 80s. Well above the average of four days. And that seemed to set the tone for the entire summer! June 2009 was much hotter than usual. And we smashed records in so many ways in July 2009 that even those of us who love hot weather had more than our fill. 14 days were 90 or hotter. Amazing! In fact, we almost tied Portland’s all time record high of 107 degrees. And that was during a brutal hot stretch:
- Portland – July 25th – 90 degrees
- Portland – July 26th – 93 degrees
- Portland – July 27th – 103 degrees
- Portland – July 28th – 106 degrees
- Portland – July 29th – 106 degrees
- Portland – July 30th – 96 degrees
- Portland – July 31st – 94 degrees
Is this heat wave ringing any bells? In my fifteen years of forecasting in Portland–it’s the most brutal I’ve seen.
And to think that it all started with a bunch of unusually hot days in May. Hmmm.
So in the case of this May’s heat, hopefully past performance is not a guarantee of future results!