Royal's worst Easter forecast ever

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PHOENIX – About this time every year, I’m reminded of one of my worst forecasts ever.

We were approaching an Easter holiday weekend either in the late 1980s or early 90s. I don’t remember the specific year but it was before most people had cell phones - yeah, ancient history.

We were forecasting sunny skies and temps in the 70s. We thought there was a slight chance for rain early on Saturday but after that, we gave the “all clear” on the rest of the weekend. 

What made it worse for me is I told some good friends of mine who were planning an outdoor barbecue celebration on Sunday afternoon at a local park that the weather would be “perfect.”

That forecast bit the dust. Or, should I say, the mud. It was a TOTAL miss.

Sunday arrived and I’m not sure the sun ever came out from behind the grey, leaden skies and it rained most of the day! As the kids today say, fail.

My friend, convinced I wouldn’t get the forecast that wrong, sat under the cover of a ramada in the park while it rained for hours waiting for the sunshine I promised. It never came and they never had their Easter barbecue.

Now I’m happy to report confidence is high on the forecast for this coming holiday weekend.

As of this writing on Friday afternoon, it looks like the Valley will see some clouds at times and slightly cooler temperatures but no rain. Desert highs will be in the 80s.

The best news of all? My friends forgave me, but whenever I did a forecast for them, they brought along a couple of umbrellas just in case.