It’s cold, but not record breaking
The weather outside this week may be frightful for late May, but this spring has actually produced more above average temperatures than below, according to the National Weather Service.
“It’s certainly been a pretty cold spring,” said Brian Brong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno. “You look at the monthly average, they have been slightly above normal, but I don’t think we have seen any of those 78 or 80 degree days.”
In fact, Brong said this is one of the longest stretches the region has gone without topping 80 degrees, today being day No. 221. The record is 245 days, which started in 1998 and ended May 20, 1999.
He said April usually produces a couple of days over 80 degrees, but that didn’t happened at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport this year – the official temperature gauge in the region. Only six days in April topped 70 degrees.
Brong said a lingering low pressure system in the western United States is to blame, which attracts cooler temperatures and wet weather, adding the current storm system will continue to produce showers and highs in the 50s through Friday.
“And once that system moves through we’re in for a warmup,” he said. “I don’t want to jinx it but we could get up around 80 degrees on Memorial Day.”