Forecast: A cool, rainy May

May 4, 2011

There’s good news for people who enjoy cold, damp weather.  For the rest of you,  don’t put away your sweaters just yet. 

Remember how it snowed in early December and just kept on snowing – for months?

Remember how the calendar said spring had arrived, but we just got more snow -- and then lots of cold, rainy days?

Rich Pollman is with the National Weather Service in Detroit. He says things probably won’t improve much in May.

Pollman says you can blame it on the La Nina weather pattern. That’s when there are cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.

"Unfortunately, in La Nina springs, it does tend to hang on, and May tends to be wet and cool for the state of Michigan in these La Nina springs," Pollman says.

He says on the positive side, the cooler weather usually means fewer severe weather events, such as tornadoes.