This post was going to detail the surprisingly cool and pleasantly wet spring we've had, but when I looked up the monthly averages, I discovered we have not had a surprisingly cool and wet spring. We have had a normal spring.
The temperatures and rainfall for March, April and May are more or less average -- and May's temperature is right at it. And yesterday afternoon's high was almost 10 degrees cooler than normal.
Apparently, it has been so long since we had a spring with normal temperatures that we have forgotten what they felt like. Spring last year was the third warmest for minimum temperature since the weather service started keeping records in 1899. And who can forget 2006, with the record 101 on April 17 and the legendary statewide rolling blackout? The spring of 2006, in fact, is on the warmest on record.