Hard to believe...three decent weekends in a row...and the upcoming weekend, might be the best for some of you.
This last month has been very different form the sorry, soggy, chilly spring of 2011...April is roughly an inch drier than normal so far...and there is no sign that this pattern will change.
To begin, here is an interesting comparison between this year and last, showing you the actual temperatures at Sea-Tac and the average highs and lows. Last year, we only reached normal highs a few times in March and never during the first 18 days in April. This year (second plot) we have seen normal or higher temperatures several time in April...with a big high of 70F. May seem subtle...but it makes a big difference.
Here are the predicted temperatures from the UW model for 5 PM on Saturday...lower 60s in western Washington, while eastern WA and the Willamette Valley could get into the 70s. Partly cloudy skies, with sky cover lessening during the day.
And Sunday it gets even warmer, particularly over eastern Washington, where some folks will see the 80s. Southern Puget Sound and the Willamette could reach near 70F. But keep in mind that clouds will be moving in along the coast, and a modest error could ruin things for the west, particular during the afternoon. On the other hand, if the band is bit farther offshore, inland western Washington could BURN! (low 70s). Eastern WA should be solid in any case...that is where I am headed.
My next blog will go to extremes....I will talk about the recent national poll on people's perceptions of trends in extreme weather.