The harbinger of summer across the fruited plain, Memorial Day weekend, is coming up. It is this weekend that has been set aside to honor those fallen on the field of battle in defense of our nation. But the weekend has also become the defacto start of summer for most areas in the country. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s always a bit premature for celebrations of summer in month that doesn’t start with a “J”. In fact we generally need an extra month that starts with a “J” to really know it’s summer.
The Memorial Day weekend query of, “Rain or Shine” is always on the minds of many who seek an outdoor experience such as camping, boating, or hiking. According to professional climate sources, America’s Vancouver has about a 50/50 chance on average, Memorial Day will be clear or mostly clear. Hmm that’s not so bad. There is on average about a 30% chance of showers or rain. Again, the odds favor us.
So dust off that grill, and get ready for the Harbinger of Summ…. erh, uh, the Harbinger of the last month of spring 😉 The end of May has arrived and with it, average high temperatures approaching 70.° I dusted my BBQ off yesterday under a beautiful sunshiny blue sky and a temp just shy of 70° and grilled up a steak.
This year, Memorial Day is the 28th of May, precisely one week from today. Over the years I have kept records, now in year 17 at this location, my average temps for May 28th are 49 L and 69 H. Not bad, right? Last year was a toasty 83° with the whole three-day weekend in the eighties. I don’t expect a repeat of that performance this year. The coldest May 28th I have on record was back in 2010, when the high temperature was a cool 52° and some showers rolled through. It’s been above sixty every May 28th since! The last three May 28th days were in the eighties. Will this one be the fourth? I’m thinking we will land about average this go round, with a nice 70° day to relax and get ready for the Rose Festival Low to settle in.
The National Weather Service in Portland is figuring some ‘chance’ of showers is in play on each of the three days of the weekend. That is a bit of ‘Captain Obvious’ moment, if it isn’t July or August, is there not always that chance of a random shower?
Ah the ‘Couv’ life; rain or shine, it is good.