Currently in Portland—May 26th, 2023

We still may see some rain and thunder on Friday, before a beautiful weekend. 

The weather, currently.

Are you ready for a long weekend? I sure am. And it seems like the weather is going to (mostly) cooperate. We've still got a chance of showers and even thunderstorms on Friday, but that's mostly in the afternoon and evening. The rest of the day should be sunny and in the mid to high 80s.  But this weekend should be pretty ideal for whatever you've got planned. Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy and in the mid-70s (perfect, in my opinion) and Monday will be even sunnier and warmer, with highs back in the mid-80s. If you're looking for a weekend project, here's an idea—build a butterfly bath! You've probably already heard me talk about bird baths and bee baths, so how's a butterfly bath different? Well, it's pretty similar to the bee bath. You need shallow water with plenty of pebbles so they've got spots to safely land and drink. But the difference is adding some butterfly-specific enticements, like fruit! Try sliced oranges or bananas, the more ripe the better (even over-ripe for human consumption.) Place those in the bath, near a safe place to land, and watch the butterflies flock to your yard! And if you want to try the fruit without the water, you can also place sliced fruit in a cage-style suet feeder. 🦋

Stella Harris

What you need to know, currently.

There's no end in sight to the stretch of warm and dry late spring weather across the northern states, including the Northeast. It'll be a picture-perfect holiday weekend for a huge swath of the country.

The month of May will end on a warm and dry note, and that warm weather pattern will stretch into the first part of June, according to the latest NOAA outlook shown below.

This is one of those times to take a mental image of what perfect weather feels like. In terms of temperature, May will finish almost exactly average for the Northeast compared to historical norms, which is a huge relief given what's likely to be a hot summer coming up.

-Eric Holthaus

What you can do, currently.

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