The month started with skies like you see in this picture. Beautiful and bright from sunrise to sunset.
Portland weather spoiled us all: 14 straight days of unusually warm highs, as hot as 85 degrees, with an average high for that stretch of about 78 degrees. That’s what we’d expect in July!
During the first two weeks of May Portland had just .17″ of rain. People turned on their sprinklers. And many of us wondered aloud whether this was the start of a hot, dry summer that’s in this year’s summer outlook.
The answer: uh, definitely not the start of the summer! In fact, by May 22nd we’d fallen so far down the high was just 50 degrees, one of our coolest May days in history and a new record cool high temperature for the date.
And then there’s the rain. Yes, lots of it. Everyone turned their sprinklers off by the last week of May and wondered if dry weather would ever make a comeback. Here and some incredible facts about May 22nd to May 25, 2013 when it comes to Portland rain.
Oh, and did I mention the snow? 10″ of fresh snow at Mt. Bachelor in about 24 hours on May 22nd & May 23rd is what you see in this picture. Timberline had more than 7″ during that time. So typical, isn’t it? A bunch of mountain snow right before Memorial Day? It really shouldn’t be–but I remember it happening during many of the 17 years I’ve been forecasting weather here in Portland.
And now here we are…finishing May 2013 about 100% wetter than average for the month. So far this year, our 2013 Portland rain situation looks like this:
Portland rainfall January 2013 – below average
Portland rainfall February 2013 – below average
Portland rainfall March 2013 – below average
Portland rainfall April 2013 - below average
Portland rainfall May 2013 – above average