A lot of people are asking about the summer. My college-student son Nathan told me that I should try an audio podcast on the topic....so here it is:
Tell me if you like it (he arranged the music!).
Bottom line: Cooler than normal for the next week or so but then we may well enjoy a normal summer from that point on.
One of the major reasons our weather has been cool during the late winter and spring has been the existence of a moderate La Nina. Well, the La Nina has been weakening rapidly and now is basically gone (see sea surface temperature anomalies--differences from normal--in the tropical Pacific shown below). So not only is La Nina basically gone but the correlation of La Nina and El Nino with summer weather around here is very weak.
Looking at the forcast models for the next week it is clear that there is no heat wave in store for us, and we will remain in a generally cooler than normal and cloudy pattern. It is getting to me too. My tomatoes are still alive at this point, but I worry.
The National Weather Service 8-14 day forecasts show a similar forecast--see below. Blue is below normal temperatures (higher than normal probability of cool temps).
Green signifies above normal probability of precipitation:
But you deserve some good news today.
Here is the NWS three-month temperature forecast for temperature---EC means equal changes--which means NORMAL.
And for precipitation, there are even going drier than normal over Oregon and normal over WA.
So just hold on through the July 4th weekend....we may have some real summer yet.
And for those of you interested in my KUOW saga, I am now in serious negotiations with some radio stations and soon I will have an announcement. But I do plan a series of blogs on KUOW and what is going on at that station. There are real issues over there.