May Ends Warmer & Drier Than Normal

11pm Tuesday

For the first time since November we’ve seen a warmer AND drier than average month.  The temperature anomaly across the USA through the 29th:


I think many of us were thinking this spring was going to end up like 2010 or 2011.  Those were especially cool and wet springs.  This May has been VERY different.  Check out the extremely cold anomalies across the entire Western USA those years and compare that to this month.

Now today was especially gloomy/drizzly/showery, although the rain wasn’t measurable at several locations

So our May dry spell has technically continued for 13 days here in Portland


The pattern ahead looks like pretty typical late May and early June weather.  A slight chance for a shower tomorrow afternoon, better chance tomorrow night and Thursday, then showers mainly disappear Friday midday through the middle of next week as temperatures warm to above normal once again.

So we’ve broken out of the cool/wet pattern that much of Spring 2017 was.  Now early summer 2017 (early June) looks pretty normal…at least the first week of it.  Enjoy!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


23 Responses to May Ends Warmer & Drier Than Normal

  1. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    39 for a low this morning.

  2. cgavic says:

    As I remember, May was a warm month. Temps in the 80’s to 100°
    Are we going to have a wet summer
    My mom lived through Van Port (Vancouver/Portland). Mom and dad had just gotten married and temporarily lived in a small apartment in North Portland. Pounding rain. Then sirens, emergency vehicles racing past their apartment heading north to that flash flood that destroyed vanport. Mom and dad were married April 1948.

  3. Roland Derksen says:

    Typical June weather here- breezy, partly cloudy and a pleasant temperature of 66F.

  4. runrain says:

    Looks like a classic Rose Festival Parade weather pattern setting up, maybe even worse than average. Therefore, here is my checklist for Thur – Sun next week:

    Get rain gear out (slickers, boots, gloves, umbrellas)

    Turn off sprinklers

    Turn furnace back on

    Bring in load of firewood

    Bring in the lawn furniture

    Stock up on hot chocolate and cans of vegetable soup

    Have a couple good books handy

    Get out extra blankets for bed, couch, etc.

    Que up some Christmas music

    Wax the sled

    Remount the studded tires (don’t tell anyone!)

    Check on elderly neighbors

  5. Al Kohilic says:


    Any chance of Tracy Hinson replacing Marja in the evenings? What a smokeshow and would be a huge ratings boost

  6. Jason Hougak says:

    Looks like another round of below temps and above precipitation. 16 day GFS showing 1.73″ of precipitation. The CPC also verifies in both 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks.

    • JJ78259 says:

      Great will be in Portland in a week for the wet June weather! Coming for family Grad parties. I knew I could bring in the rain! 90 + degrees most of next week in San Antonio!

  7. WEATHERDAN says:

    76 and sunny this afternoon. Very nice early June weather. Apparently though if we don’t have destructive weather very few people seem to want to comment on this blog. Peace.

  8. JERAT416 says:

    Beautiful day today! IMO perfect for this time of year.

  9. Paul D says:

    Oh no! It’s a DROUGHT! What are we going to do?!? We’re gonna die!!

  10. Lee Wilson says:

    Looking to the west via the satellite.. I see lots of clouds….lol.. From here to Japan.. Something will seriously have to change….

    Oh..PUD went to (negative )15 Kilowatt hours..unfortunately, I had to break that…cause nights been chilly and we had to use the heater lol

    • Boydo3 N. Albany says:

      Shut my furnace off two weeks ago and still keep the skylights open during the day. This is actually three weeks later than the last two years.

  11. KatieE says:

    so, basically your saying we’re going to have perfect weather for Saturday’s Starlight parade. yay!

  12. WEATHERDAN says:

    71 and sunny now. Very Pleasant weather indeed. Peace.

  13. Roland Derksen says:

    With yesterday’s rainfall(0.35 inches here), this will end up being my 3rd wettest May in 42 years: 5.26 inches in total. So it makes a difference where you are on the west coast. I’ll be Rubus in Seattle probably had something similar to my amount.

    • We had a pretty good shower that came through last night, and a brief thundershower on Tuesday. I suck at remembering to empty my rain gauge, so I don’t have any measurements available. I’m sure both were measurable amounts, though.

      The further north one is on the West Coast, the longer the rainy season, so it’s only to be expected that Portland would dry out earlier as the weather warms. (Doesn’t always work that way, but the odds favor it will.)

  14. W7ENK says:

    0.07″ of rain at my place yesterday, and yet the radar never showed anything. Ridiculous!

    • jakeinthevalley says:

      It was all being squeezed out of the thick marine layer in the lowest levels. Radar was “looking” too high to catch the returns.

      Happened pretty much all over the valley

  15. Paul D says:

    It’s nice to see nothing above 80 in the 7-day forecast. Very pleasant week coming up.

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