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No Snow – Yet

Snow or Not

The red, amoeba-shaped cloud mass over Portland headed toward the blue dot (my house in Sisters) is Central Oregon’s last chance for snow this season. Or at least I hope it is, as snow is possible into June.

The image is an infrared satellite picture taken about 4:30 pm on May 23. The red indicated cold cloud tops, which means that inclement weather is headed our way tonight. If we don’t get snow tonight I bet we’ve escaped it until next fall.

We’re forecasted to get pummeled by another low pressure system after Memorial Day, but it doesn’t look as big, cold or nasty as our current unwelcome intruder from the north.

The latest long-range forecast from the Climate Prediction Center is calling for below average temps and above average precip for the next week or two, so summer is still a ways off for the Northwest.


The S Word?

May SnowMay snow – say it ain’t so! While snow is not unheard of in the High Desert of Central Oregon in May, the unwelcome white stuff does happen every few years. The latest snowfall we’ve experienced in our 10 years in Sisters was June 10. It was just a dusting and it was gone by 9am the next day —  but…it…was…snow…in…June.

If the NWS forecasters are correct we will get at least a dusting on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. The road surfaces are solidly above freezing after our recent spate of semi-warm weather so it will be hard if not impossible for snow to impact travel, at least at our elevation (3200′). Still, it would be shocking (dare I say revolting?) to see some of Old Man Winter’s handiwork in late May.



May Weather Forecast


Praise the Lord and pass the sunblock! The Climate Prediction Center’s May temperature and precipitation forecasts are out, and, if true, promise warm, sunny weather for we Pacific Northwesterners. I’d swear that the “A” for above normal temperatures is parked squarely over my town, Sisters, Oregon.  It’s like Christmas in May!

Predicting the weather a month ahead is a risky business, but The Weather Channel and the CPC have now said that they’re expecting the same type of weather pattern so the prediction looks solid.  The southern Midwest and deep South should be cooler than normal, which should be a nice cool patch before the summer heat and humidity sets in.