We studied historic weather patterns and tried (our hardest!) to choose locations with warm, sunny, and dry conditions. Bend is in Oregon’s high desert plateau, and the weather in May was supposed to be just what we like: 65 degrees F (18 degrees C) is the average daytime high and there’s only 0.9” (.023 m) rainfall.
A few days after we arrived, the weather took a disappointing turn for the worse – just in time for a planned day trip with the local Audubon group to see birds. We’d looked forward to driving up to the high lakes outside Bend, but, now, overcast skies and temperatures in the low 50’s were predicted. We donned extra layers. It wasn’t enough.
As we returned to the car for the drive back, the temperature on the car dashboard read 41 degrees F (5 degrees C). By now we were chilled to the bone. The day had brought unexpected and wonderful sightings of birds and the good company of fellow bird watchers, but, also, way too cold weather for us.