Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Now Playing in Bend: "Winter II -- The Sequel"
A man and his son enjoy a Memorial Day weekend camping trip near Bend
I've decided I am no longer going to use the word "spring" in association with Bend weather or climate.
"Spring" does not happen in Bend. A lot of people who migrate here from California say they "enjoy having four seasons," but Bend doesn't have four seasons. It has three seasons -- well, actually only two and a half: Winter, Winter Phase II (or Winter II for short) and Summer.
Winter can begin anytime between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1, but typically begins on Nov. 1. It continues until the start of April and then segues into Winter II, which runs to mid-June or sometimes later.
The weather during Winter II is pretty much like the weather during Winter, only a tiny bit warmer and with less snow (but often more rain.)
May is right smack in the middle of Winter II, and the weather has been appropriate to the season -- cloudy, gray and drizzly, with the thermometer struggling to push up into the 60s most days.
Days of Sun: 13
Days of Suck: 18
Days of Sun: 49
Days of Suck: 90