Rain in Might? In San Francisco? It’s about as uncommon as bare joggers doing a Bay-to-Breakers-style race throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa, throughout a December snowstorm.
Meteorologists tell us that Wednesday night’s widespread rainfall is part of a sprawling system that could spawn the region’s rainiest month of May in eight years. They say we could get more rain in one day than we normally get for the whole month. And with as much as 1.5 inches of rain expected in some parts of the Bay Area, the weather pattern stands in sharp contrast to the norms: On average, this paper reported, San Francisco receives 0.70 inches of rain in May, while Oakland receives 0.77 inches and San Jose 0.51 inches. And there’s still more rain in the forecast, with 10-day totals reaching as much as 2 to 2.5 inches, according to the weather service.
An unusually wet spring weather system is forecast to impact our area later this week. Preliminary forecast rain totals from Tuesday night thru Friday range from 0.5-1.5 inches. Most of that rain expected Wed. Night and early Thurs. Impressive rainfall amounts for mid May! #CAwx pic.twitter.com/Y9291e1rWd
— NWS Bay Space (@NWSBayArea) May 13, 2019
Vacationers headed the Bay Space this month, nonetheless, could possibly be in for a little bit of a shock. In the event that they used any of the gazillion journey websites on the market as they deliberate for his or her journey to SF, right here’s a number of the recommendation they could have acquired:
Requested about an “April or Might Journey to SF,” consumer and presumed native resident “Madeline M” replied: “By April we’re often previous any rain.” One other consumer stated: “Try to be good in Might. It’s often previous the wet season, and the fog has but to construct as much as its summertime ranges. We frequently have a mini ‘sizzling spell’ in some unspecified time in the future throughout Might (only some days although). I at all times keep in mind, whereas rising up right here, it being stunning, proper as much as getting out for summer season holidays at school.”
“HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN? A lot of the days this month shall be sunny or partly sunny as Might averages 29 days of sunshine. The remainder of the times usually tend to be cloudy than wet.”
“It’s extremely unlikely that you’ll encounter any rain in San Francisco in Might. Each as soon as in awhile there could also be a partial wet day nevertheless it must be a lightweight rain. You possibly can at all times decide up an inexpensive umbrella from any small retailer if that occurs and go on about your journey. You could even be capable to simply duck right into a restaurant or movie show for a few hours till the rain passes. Might is a terrific month to go to San Francisco. It in all probability gained’t rain.”
Native Richard Wooden says “The winter rains will taper off and be largely passed by Might.”
“Might means sunshine!”
“Spring and autumn often have the sunniest days, whereas summer season typically sees heavy fog roll in by means of the Golden Gate. … Winter brings a lot of the metropolis’s rainfall, generally in torrential storms. The perfect time to go to San Francisco is late Might or June, when the hills are greenest and lined with wildflowers.”
“Pack a mid-weight jacket, particularly for evenings. Carry short-sleeved shirts and light-weight pants, with a hotter layer. For sunny days, a hat is a good suggestion. … Might begins the drier a part of the 12 months, with continued sunshine and even much less rain than April.”