Sprinkling On Official 1st Summer Holiday

In much of the USA, the Memorial Day holiday is not just the day to remember those lost to wars and military service, but it is also the official start of Summer Holidays. It is expected that the Memorial Day Holiday will involve outdoor activities like water skiing, BBQs, days at the beach, or camping in the woods.

It is expected to be warm and sunny.

Not always, and not everywhere, but certainly so in the dry Western Region.

So why was it that when I was just outside thinking of setting up to BBQ lunch, it was overcast, cold (for California… about 62 F an hour before High Noon) and I was being sprinkled on. Not rain. Not even heavy sprinkles. But sprinkles just the same.

WeathernNation(r) on the Roku says it’s a 33% chance of rain. The radar shows scattered bits over the area, and much more on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada up toward where P.G. lives. (Though I think he’s a bit north of it at the moment).

Wunderground is saying my high for the day ought to reach all of 66 F. (18.8 C)

What’s our month been like? Asking Wunderground I get:

Weather History for KSJC - May, 2018
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Month of May, 2018

  	                Max     Avg     Min 	       Sum
Max Temperature 	79 °F 	71 °F 	64 °F
Mean Temperature 	67 °F 	62 °F 	57 °F
Min Temperature 	57 °F 	54 °F 	49 °F

Degree Days 	 
Heating Degree Days (base 65) 	8 	3 	0 	67
Cooling Degree Days (base 65) 	2 	0 	0 	4
Growing Degree Days (base 50) 	16 	12 	7 	299

Let’s compare that the the hot times a 1/2 decade back:

Weather History for KSJC - May, 2003
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Month of May, 2003

  	                Max     Avg     Min 	       Sum
Max Temperature 	91 °F 	72 °F 	61 °F
Mean Temperature 	75 °F 	62 °F 	54 °F
Min Temperature 	60 °F 	52 °F 	44 °F
Degree Days 	 
Heating Degree Days (base 65) 	10 	4 	0 	127
Cooling Degree Days (base 65) 	10 	1 	0 	34
Growing Degree Days (base 50) 	25 	12 	4 	378

We’ve lost 79 “Growing Degree Days” and 30 “Cooling Degree Days”. I note in passing that we also lost “Heating degree days” so 2003 had some colder days in it and was generally ranging further.

In 2003 our Max High was 91 F (33 C), significantly ahead of the present 79 F (26 C).

Where did my “Global Warming” go!?

So what if we look back 30 years to May 1988?

Month of May, 1988

  	                Max     Avg     Min 	       Sum
Max Temperature 	97 °F 	74 °F 	59 °F
Mean Temperature 	78 °F 	63 °F 	52 °F
Min Temperature 	61 °F 	52 °F 	43 °F
Degree Days 	 
Heating Degree Days (base 65) 	12 	4 	0 	110
Cooling Degree Days (base 65) 	14 	2 	0 	53
Growing Degree Days (base 50) 	28 	13 	2 	414

Oh Dear! Hotter still! 97 F. Now that’s BBQ weather. For what it’s worth, the colder days of May, here, are at the start of the month typically. So that 59 F “Min Max” or lowest high would have been some stormy something at the end of April into May. It just isn’t supposed to happen on Memorial Day weekend.

Note, too, the Growing Degree Days at 414. That’s 115 more than this month. 49 more Cooling Degree Days.

Snow In The Sierra Nevada Mountains

WeatherNation just issued a prediction for up to 6 inches of new snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains…

So, to recap, my garden isn’t getting much to grow on. It’s too dank to BBQ. It’s going to be snowing in the mountains and the ocean is so cold you need a wet suit to go in it. This is the first warm party holiday of the summer season?


Snowy Memorial Day Weekend Forecast For Tahoe
For those heading to Tahoe, Yosemite or anywhere in the Sierras this holiday, pack hats and gloves … and maybe chains or a snow shovel.
By Susan C. Schena, Patch Staff | May 25, 2018 11:40 am ET | Updated May 25, 2018 1:23 pm ET

BAY AREA, CA – Heads up for folks planning a Memorial Day, summer kick-off weekend trip to the Sierra Nevada region. A winter weather advisory is in effect today through 5 a.m. Saturday for regions 8,000 feet or higher, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow from 1 to 3 inches, up to 6 inches in some areas, is predicted,
along with scattered thunderstorms, lightning and hazardous driving conditions.

“Expect reduced visibilities and chain controls at times,” the NWS said. “Those involved in outdoor recreation and hiking along trails in the high country should be prepared for winter-like conditions.

“Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”

Affected areas include Mt. Rose, Carson, Ebbetts, Sonora and Tioga passes and high-elevation hiking trails around the Lake Tahoe area, Alpine and Mono counties, Sierra Nevada high country from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, including Tuolumne Meadows and near Tioga Pass, the agency said.

Welcome to summer…

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12 Responses to Sprinkling On Official 1st Summer Holiday

  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    Lovely early spring weather here. cool,damp, foggy just like San Francisco. In Chico ! !
    ! Sucker pruning the grapes in wet weather gear.. The plants are happy and growing but really late. Bloom of the grapes should be done and hasn’t even started. The straw berries are very happy, a bumper crop! in this elongated spring. We almost had warm weather last week, the green of the hills is browning. Not really much water from this rain storm just cold and damp. Good weather for potatoes and cabbage…pg

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Well then, you may have to try Strawberry Wine this year ;-)


    To drink a strawberry wine is to experience something unexpected. Many people imagine strawberry wine to be thick and sweet, much like what you’d find on the table at IHop. While I’m sure there are many strawberry wines that have been made sweet, its real strength lies in its ability to taste remarkably good even when it is completely dry. This is an oddity for most fruit wines since they usually need to be sweetened back at least a little to help retain their fruity character and in some cases to round off an undesirable rough edge.

    The strawberry wine does not present these types of wine making problems. It has many different detectable flavors that come out cleanly and all are quite pleasant. No masking with sugars or conditioners is necessary, and its fruitiness is ever present even when puckering dry.

    A strawberry wine’s first impression is anything but flat or one dimensional. You are bombarded from all directions with many different flavors. Your senses have to work quite quickly to herd them all up.

    And, there is no question that it is strawberry you’re tasting. Even with the lighter versions of this wine the strawberry’s character remains distinct. This is usually a problem area when making wine with other lighter fruit wines. For example, pear wine can often be mistaken for apple wine.

    Another feature that makes strawberry so well suited for home wine making is its aroma. The bouquet is quite present, distinct and very agreeable. It is light, sweet and “perfumey” and works in complete harmony with the wine to enhance its complexity. Some would describe a well made strawberry wine as even “sophisticated” in part because of this feature.

    And, why am I telling you all of this? Very simple, I have yet to taste a bad strawberry wine. Regardless of who made it or the wine making procedure involved, strawberry wines always seems to have the ability to delight. And it is this delight I would like to share with you.

    Like lemons and lemonade, if the grapes aren’t cutting it and you have strawberries…

  3. ossqss says:

    Trade ya? Here is my expected precip for this weekend. Graduation party and shrimp boil are not going to be easy. DOH!

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    Strawberry Wine, now there is an option. Freeze the berries as they ripen over the next month and then make wine. grapes won’t be ready until October. I have nearly all the jam I might need for the next year. Now what in the world would I do with a few gallons of Strawberry Wine? …pg

  5. philjourdan says:

    Newfoundland got snow as well (although we are no where near having snow – just a lot of rain). May has actually been close to normal around here. Probably a little cooler than average as I think we have had only one 90 degree day.

    But LOTS of rain. And yes, Monday they are calling for rain as well. Not unheard of.

    I will take your 97 over our 85 with humidity any day!

    re: Strawberry wine. The only one I have ever had was Boone’s Farm. So I do not have fond memories of it. I cannot even smell Boone’s farm now. Nasty stuff!

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    Was that strawberry wine or “Strawberry Hill flavored wine”?

    Boone’s Farm is a fairly standardized, fairly popularized malt liquor. In some circles you may call it a “cheap wine” or low-end wine cooler while other people may consider it “the best” wine around. To each his own.The most popular flavor from Boone’s, Strawberry Hill has a rich, vibrant strawberry flavor and a nice, crisp structure.Boone’s Farm is a flavored apple wine product produced in the American state of California. Available in many flavors, its low cost makes it a favorite on college campuses. The beverage is produced by E & J Gallo Winery.

    So not really strawberry, or really wine… a “wine product”… like a ‘cheese food product’ that is only vaguely related to cheese?

    “vibrant strawberry” is another way of saying WAAAaaayyy over the top artificial strawberry esters added in the “wine product” factory…


    OK, you beat me… I’ll shut up and just put on a jacket to do my grilling…

  7. philjourdan says:

    EM – it has been over 40 years since I imbibed the Boone, so it was probably “Strawberry Hill”. But that is what I think of when I hear “Strawberry Wine”.

  8. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, me too… ONE very bad and unforgettable bottle in college… Then I took “Vit & Eno 10” introduction to grape growing and wine making… and learned about real wine… and never looked back ;-)

  9. ossqss says:

    Ahhhhh, Strawberry Hill! The preferred cheap bait for the hotties in high school, and the bums on the corner….. Oh and Yikes,,,,,,, as it brings back memories of the infamous Mad Dog 20 20 from the day….. I still get the Heebie Jeebies even thinking about it. I think it time for TGIF happy hour to flush those memories away ;-)

  10. H.R. says:

    Our forecast for Monday is like a Florida summer day. It’s supposed to heat up into the mid or upper 80s and then we’re to get a quick thunderstorm in the late afternoon.

    I’m going to skip the gas grill and line the fire-pit with charcoal. As discussed on a prior thread, I’m going to get some wild grapevine and with luck, some sassafras. If I can’t find either as last year’s fall down, I have some nice hickory chunks that are ready to go.

    @ossqss: My sister is in Lakeland. She didn’t mention the forecast in her last communication. I’ll have to check in with her. Thanks for the preview.

  11. philjourdan says:

    @ossqss – About 40 years ago, I worked at a 7-11 (this was moonlighting during my early married years). Thunderbird and MD20/20 – we sold cases of that stuff every night. I never tried it. Working 2 jobs, I did not have the time.

    As for the Chick Magnets, Mateus. HIgher class and potable!

  12. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Global warming is official policy that has nothing to do with reality

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