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Don't get too used to sunshine just yet.

Byline: TIM CHRISTIE The Register-Guard

So, who knew when they named the ``Readin' in the Rain'' project that it would have its grand finale on the fifth straight day of sun in the Willamette Valley?

The run of clear skies and warm weather turned the monthlong reading project into something of a misnomer. Organizers called on Eugene residents to read Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion," the quintessential Northwest novel that fairly drips with Oregon's rainy weather.

Readin' in the Rain ended Tuesday at the McDonald Theatre with showings of the 1971 movie version of the novel, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.

But rainy-day readers can take heart:

While it should be sunny again today and Thursday with highs in the mid- to upper 60s, rain is expected to return Friday, with highs in the mid-50s.

Sunny days with highs in the low to mid-60s are normal for this type of year, forecasters say.

"One of the things we tend to see is a stretch or week or two of what we're seeing now, then another week of cool and wet," state climatologist George Taylor said. "Our springs are long and drawn out and really don't end until July."

In fact, the spate of warm weather follows a March that was wetter and cooler than usual, Taylor said.

Gardeners should enjoy the warm weather while it lasts - but beware that a late cold snap could still do damage to early budding plants, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulture agent for OSU/Lane County Extension.

"We can be lulled into a great spring, but in the back of our minds we know there's a typical frost date that finishes around April 15' and can strike as late as mid-May, he said.

"This is the pre-gardening period of getting out and getting the raised beds ready for planting," he said.

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CHRIS PIETSCH / The Register-Guard Students Nickelle Hubley (left), Shauna McHugh and Tyler Sanders take advantage of a summerlike Tuesday on the UO campus as spring term begins this week.
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Title Annotation:Weather: It's still spring, it's still Oregon, and cooler, rainy days are expected to return by the end of this week.; Weather
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 3, 2002
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