You don't need to be a meteorologist to know that we have been substantially cooler than normal the past five days--on both sides of the Cascades. Here is a sample from Seattle and Pasco. Roughly 5-10F below normal on the max temps.
seen a lot of this spring. Here is the mean and anomaly (difference from normal) temperatures for the first three days of May. We are cold and purple--that seems appropriate, purple for cold, and that is the UW Husky color. The eastern U.S. is brown, with warm anomalies approaching 8F.
But this will change as ridging is now occurring aloft, as illustrated by the latest European Center upper air prediction for Sunday at 5 PM. This ridging will hold at least through Monday, so expect lots of sun and much warmer temperatures on Sunday and Monday--in fact, many of you will be in the 70s Monday afternoon.
But as good as Sunday will be Monday will be spectacular, with seventies extending to Seattle and the torrid Willamette Valley getting near 80F.
Let me end with a reminder that I will be giving a talk in Portland (OMSI Science Museum) at 10 AM on Saturday on the future of NW weather prediction. More info to the right. I will bring a few books to sign as well.