Whew! Two parades down and one to go. FOX12 is the Rose Festival station so we broadcast all three parades. That means everyone around here is VERY interested in the weather this coming Saturday. Showers are an easy forecast because we’ll have an upper-level low almost directly overhead. The airmass will be unstable so we’ll see a classic spring-like mix of showers/sunbreaks/downpours/thunder.
I think “bring umbrella, it could be wet” pretty much covers it. The past statistics are sure interesting:
This time of year (as you probably know) is the transition between spring and summer, which gives us widely varying conditions from year to year. This time of year you’ve got a little over a 1/3 chance of getting measurable rain on any one day. I remember the 93 degree parade day…that was a scorcher about 14 years ago. I don’t remember the 1/2″ rain in 1982. And we can’t forget the street sweeping and dust masks needed for the 1980 parade…just days after an eruption of Mt. St. Helens.
We haven’t had a real soaker since 2007, most “wet” years we just tend to get a few light showers.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen