Easter provides glimpse of summer
Temperatures rose into the low to mid-70s, the highest level of the year to date. Nighttime lows remained above 40, warm enough to make gardeners check moisture levels contemplating their seed supply.
However, for the remainder of the week, forecasts call for April showers to intrude periodically, dropping temperatures into the 50s and 60s.
Pete Parsons, meteorologist for the state Department of Forestry, notes that temperatures in the equatorial Pacific ocean are near-normal. That means neither La Niña nor El Niño conditions are currently in play, a condition known as ENSO-neutral.
Around the 20th of each month, Parsons issues three-month forecasts for farmers and foresters. In the latest one, he’s predicting cooler-than-normal temperatures in April and May and normal temperatures in June, with precipitation running a bit lighter than usual.