Weather Eye We turn the page to a new month and meteorological

Weather Eye We turn the page to a new month and meteorological

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Welcome to the second day of the meteorological summer, which began Saturday. Those who follow the calendar, you have about three weeks yet. Are you enjoying the sunshine and pleasant temperatures? It can’t get much better than this.Typical June weather will persist for several days with the morning clouds and afternoon sunshine that we enjoyed last week, but with a cooling trend. Projecting the weather eye out into the distance, there is a low-pressure system that will travel down the British Columbia coast late in the week and most likely bring some showers.Bad timing, as the Rose Festival Parade is Saturday. Could this be that pesky Rose Festival low that spoils the scene? The two favorite forecast models I like to use are split about it. One says little if any rain and we stay status quo, and the other digs it farther south over us for scattered showers and cooler weather.Always a fly in the ointment with weather forecasting, isn’t there? At least it seems so, although last week was pretty easy. May continued the trend of warmer than average months with an average mean temperature of 60.5 degrees, 2.4 degrees above normal. Rainfall was on the drier side with 1.55 inches, 0.92 inches below average. Our extremes in Vancouver were a high of 87 degrees May 10 and a low of 37 degrees on May 1. We never cracked the 90-degree mark — maybe this month?Our spring was favorable for growing, and I saw signs the other day for local strawberries, a sure sign of June in the Northwest. Plenty of new items will show up each week at the Vancouver Farmers Market as summer slowly moves along. We reap the rewards of summer after months of gray clouds and rain.last_img

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