Driest May in 20+ Years

May 26, 2015

11pm Tuesday…

We’ve only seen .59″ in May so far and it appears we probably won’t see anymore before the end of the month (Sunday Night).  It’s going to go down as the driest May since 1994.  We typically see 13 days with measurable rain this month and so far we’ve only seen 5!  Of course there were 4 days Friday-Monday with sprinkles or drizzle but that wasn’t measurable so it doesn’t count.


If we take the 3 spring months, March-April-May, this will be the driest in 8 years.  The last time we’ve been so dry was in 2007.  So keep watering, assuming you’ve started already.

There is no sign of a wet pattern either.  Although we’ll probably see some showers coming up Monday and Tuesday, the passing upper-level trough doesn’t stick around long.  Both the GFS and ECMWF 10 Day meteograms show no significant rain through the first week of June:



Enjoy the warm weather coming up the next few days.  Weaker onshore flow means more sunshine and warmer temps.  We sure don’t have a hot weather pattern with offshore flow so you don’t have to worry about that.  Highs 80-85 at the warmest.

Starlight Parade is looking good Saturday evening with comfortable late May weather.  I’ll be riding in a car with my kids and Wayne/Amy will be emceeing from a (very high) scaffolding.  All 3 parades are on FOX12 again this year, and will be for at least the next several years in case you’d like to watch from home.


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen