A lot to cover in this post. It has been a while since I've last posted, probably because this past month has been a busy one. Let's start with my May report card!
Remember that this month's challenge was to accurately forecast the LOW temperature for Portland. Low temperatures can be a challenge given cloud cover and nocturnal radiation or how the day's heat escapes the atmosphere. Anyways...on to the results! May was one of the best months so far. Both high temperatures and conditions were at a 94% mark! Each category had one miss out of 18 forecasting days. The May challenge of low temperature came in at 88%. A confession, I don't often pay too much attention to the low temperatures each day. I do not forecast low temperatures out any further than the next day. There is more emphasis on the daily high temperature than the low. That's why people watch, right? June will be the half-way point of the year and I am going to bring on a big challenge. I will aim to have Portland's most accurate morning forecast. Using the normal criteria, I will chart each station's morning forecast (high temperatures only) and at the end of the month, we will see who's on top! At the end, you can choose who you trust for your morning forecasts!
May wrapped up "meteorological" Spring. It's how us weather geeks break down March-April-May. The graphic below sums up what has been a soggy three months!
Coming next week, I'll have Portland's Spring in pictures. Some awesome photos that you won't want to miss!