A Perfect May Day in the Pacific Northwest

When I was growing up, September was my favorite month of the year.  Not just because that’s my birthday month.  In Minnesota, the September weather is nearly perfect. The heat of August has passed.  The cold of November is still far away. The trees begin to display their gorgeous colors.

Since moving to the PNW, my favorite month is May. In May we have a taste of truly perfect weather. Not too hot. Not too cold. Not rainy.  Just an abundance of glorious sunshine.

In the 11 years we have lived here I’ve noticed a pattern.  May is beautiful.  Gorgeous. And then June reverts to cold and rainy.  We wonder what happened to summer? And then sometime after the 4th of July we get roughly 6 weeks of summer. 

It is days like today that remind why I love the PNW so much and why May is my favorite month. I think the high today was the lower to mid 70’s.  Earlier in the day there was a refreshing breeze and having the windows open just felt wonderful. Later in the afternoon it warmed up enough that we needed to close the windows (the breeze was no longer refreshing.  It was warm.)

It’s early evening. Supper’s finished (it was early because of commitments two of my girls had). Honeybear set up the A/C and today for the first time in 2012 we turned it on. 

Flowers are blooming.  Sun is shining.  It’s the perfect day!



  1. I was telling the woman who rides with me about this post and how you said that May is the PNW's jewel. She (and I) agree!


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