Today is Halloween, which traditionally marks the start of the Great Sucky Season in Bend. Say goodbye to those nice, sunny Indian summer days we've had once in a while for the past month and say hello to seven and a half months of relentless suckiness. As I'm writing this (10 a.m.) it's still bright and sunny, but clouds are rolling in from the south, southwest and west, and we'll be deep in the suck by the time the trick-or-treaters start making the rounds.
My colleague in bloggery, Jack Elliott, who pretends to actually enjoy Bend's sucky climate, has made a bet that I won't be able to keep doing the Daily Suck Index for a year and already is trying to wriggle out of it on a technicality, so I'd better catch up on the past week.
Tuesday was mostly cloudy with some drizzle in the morning and occasional "sunbreaks" in the afternoon, temperatures reaching the low 50s.
Daily Suck Index for Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009: 5
Wednesday was pretty much the same as Tuesday.
Daily Suck Index for Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009: 5
Things got considerably better on Thursday -- a lot more sun, high in the low 60s.
Daily Suck Index for Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009: 3
Friday was almost completely clear with a high in the low 60s. Unfortunately a blustery wind spoiled what would otherwise have been a 2 or even a 1 day. (Blackdog does not like wind.)
Daily Suck Index for Friday, Oct. 30, 2009: 3