Mother's Day will likely be the first day of May to see a single drop of rain. Portland has not see measurable rainfall since April 29th when .07 inches fell at PDX. You have to go back to April 20th and 21st to find our last back to back days with rainfall and back to April 19th to find a real rainy day when .41 inches fell during the early morning hours. All forecast outlooks continue to call for below normal rainfall through July.
By my memory, this is the 2nd or 3rd May since I moved to the Northwest back in April of 1999, that I have had to start watering the lawn before June. As you know, fire danger is expected to be high this summer and fire fighters are bracing for the worst. If we fail to get an inch of rain in May and an inch in June, our best chance of any moisture will come from summer thunderstorms that tend to be spotty in nature. So, before you celebrate the sunshine too much, realize we could see less than 2.00 inches of widespread rainfall between this weekend and mid September or October.
I think it's time to start celebrating any rain that comes our way - sorry mom.
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @