'Nothing's normal' about the weather

Skye Kinkade

May came in like a lion and went out like a lion with weather that was 17 degrees below average for the last week of the month.

Between Monday, May 23 and Monday, May 30, the average temperature in Mount Shasta was 54 degrees, said National Weather Observer Frank Christina.

“The normal for the end of May is 71 degrees. Nothing’s been normal,” he said.

The recent chilly weather is the result of a low pressure trough of air digging out of the Gulf of Alaska, which has stalled directly over the northstate. Usually at this time of year, we have a strong high pressure which keeps the temperatures in the 70s and 80s, Christina explained.

During the past week, at least one record was broken. On Wednesday, May 25, the temperature got up to only 44 degrees during the day.

“That’s a record for a cold maximum temp for that day,” Christina explained. “The old record was 45 degrees in 1916, so you can see how strange this is.”

On Memorial Day, the temperature dipped down to 30 degrees, causing an early morning freeze, another unusual occurrence for this time of year, Christina said.

“It’s not a record, the record cold for that day is 27 degrees, but it’s strange. Generally, the last frost we see is on May 27.”

While we have had colder than usual weather, those on the East oast and parts of the Midwest are in the 80s and 90s, Christina said. Last week, the temperature got up to 85 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain showers and temperatures in the 50s and 60s are predicted for the rest of this week.