Summer not expected to sizzle

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javier Naranjo, 10, of Clovis enjoys a snow cone Monday. His grandmother, Sylvia Cordova, bought the snow cone to cool him off. The temperature reached 88 degrees Monday.

CNJ staff

This spring’s wet and cool weather is expected to continue into the summer, according to a weather expert.

As of Monday, the temperature has reached or exceeded June’s average high of 90 degrees five times — with four of those marks occurring last week, according to AccuWeather.com

May was about the same with six days matching or exceeding the average high of 81 degrees, the Web site reported.

AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said an unusually wet spring and the accompanying cloud cover have contributed to the cooler temperatures.

The Clovis area has received 8 inches of rain since the beginning of March, according to AccuWeather.com, and the year-to-date total of 8.97 inches is more than 2 1/2 inches above normal.

“I don’t see the pattern breaking any time soon,” Sosnowski said.

“We still have the normal flux of Pacific moisture to look forward to in the mid- and second half of the summer.”

June, July and August are normally the wettest months of the year.

Jeff Gillespie of D&J Lawn Service said the weather has been a boon to his business.

“The number of yards we have has tripled from last year,” Gillespie said. “We had 10 yards last year and we’re right at 30 this year.”

By the numbers
2.57 — Inches of rain in June

2.98 — Inches of rain in May

5 — Times in June the temperature equaled or surpassed the historical average high of 90

6 — Times in May the temperature equaled or surpassed the historical average high of 81

94 — High temperature this month

109 — Record high for June (June 29, 1918)