Alaska Exports Cold Weather to West Coast for May

by on May 11, 2011

Another Record Cold Month?” is the headline on University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass’s blog. La NiƱa has been fading, but Seattle’s entrance to May has still been on the chilly side: “Only two days of the last 14 have reached the normal highs, and none have exceeded normal,” writes Mass.

8-14 day forecast map courtesy of the National Weather Service

Now a deep trough over the Gulf of Alaska–the kind of thing that usually brings low-level cold air–is going to head south and refrigerate the entire West Coast for the next two weeks. The National Weather Service all-caps it for you:

EARLY NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND…VERY LITTLE CHANGE IN THE DETAILS. LONG WAVE TROUGHING OVER THE PAC NW WILL MAINTAIN A THREAT OF SHOWERS WITH COOLER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS. WE ARE STUCK IN THIS PATTERN THROUGHOUT.

With the cooler temperature will also come showers, but if it makes you feel any better, southern Oregon and northern California are really due to be soaked. Maybe don’t plan on that weekend getaway to Ashland’s Shakespeare Festival just yet–or do, if you want to immerse yourself indoors. (Their outdoor Elizabethan Theatre doesn’t start up until the end of May.)

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