I’ve grown tired of this special level of dampness and moisture falling from the sky!
After a teaser dry and summer-like start – yeah, the usual shrill voices started to whine about a drought after two days – May took a sharp right turn and began dumping winter rains and providing us with well below average temperatures. Earlier this week we had 1.19 inches of rain at PDX that not only set a record for the date, but was the rainiest day of 2013.
Adding to the buckets of moisture were 7 reporting stations in the state that set record low maximum temperatures with Portland recording a high of 50 degrees, smashing the previous record of 55 degrees. It tied the record for the 3rd coldest maximum temperature since record keeping began in 1940.
I was thinking about this and noted the condition of my wiper blades while getting gas at the local Shell station when the kid from “Cali” stated he was just starting to get use to the two weeks of sun and a couple days of rain. Being somewhat agitated about having to endure weeks of the Portland Fluoridista ad’s, I reminded him of the fact that in Oregon we don’t fluoride our water, we don’t get out in the rain (or sun) to pump our own gas and we never, ever vote for sales tax. I didn’t intend to go-off on mini-rant and realized that I should have been satisfied that the kid put out his cigarette in a timely manner and stopped texting on his cell phone long enough to take my credit card and put the spiked-price fuel nozzle in the tank.
If you’re not from here, you won’t understand. But, I’ve digressed.
This weather reminded me how much I appreciate summer riding and that I’m longing for the immensity of the open road and voices in the wind. I’m ready for it to be here already!
Photo taken by author.