June-uary blues

18 06 2016

What’s wrong with this picture?

Rainy, cool days and work obligations have kept me off the bike more than on it in June.

Rainy, cool days and work obligations have kept me off the bike more than on it in June.

Well, pretty much everything. It’s taken from inside my car, instead of from my bike. And I’m inside the car because it’s raining outside. Kinda cold too.

Welcome to June-uary.

That’s what we call the month when we’re supposed to be welcoming the first days of summer.

After an awesome April and magnificent May, rain and cool temperatures have been the rule, rather than the exception, in June. The weather is more like January, than June.

Sure, there have been nice days. Even some spectacular ones. But, so far, they haven’t coincided with riding days. Especially now that the availability of those days has been constricted by work obligations. Three days shy of the solicit and the Garmin is still woefully shy of 200 km.

Sunday’s forecast isn’t encouraging. Two or three more poorly scheduled rain days, and this could be the worst June since I started tracking rides in 2004.

The Weather Network called it earlier in spring; their forecasters said the ongoing El Nino pattern would bring us nice mild, dry weather early in the season, then a dip of the jet stream would carry rain and cold.

A typical June scene for the FRF; heading out for a Tuesday climbing ride under leaden skies.

A typical June scene for the FRF; heading out for a Tuesday climbing ride under leaden skies.

Scroll back through the history of this blog and you’ll find no shortage of photos from June rides against a backdrop of leaden skies or posts lamenting woeful weather.

So, we shouldn’t be surprised by June-uary weather. But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.