by Kevin Shaw, Observer

May 2019 was wetter and warmer than normal. My max temp (76.7°)

was 2.9° above normal and my min temp (59.7°) was even more

significantly 7.9° above normal, resulting in the mean temperature

(68.2°) to be 5.4° above normal. My total precipitation of 6.24″ was

1.97” above the newly computed normal precipitation May value for

my station of 4.27. There were a lot of smaller amounts of daily

precipitation leading to an above normal 13 days with measurable
precipitation, Nine of the 13 days occurred during the first 16

days of the month, including two 4 day streaks of rainfall (1.88”

from May 2-5 and 2.78” from May 10-13).

There were a few cooler than normal days during these wet periods,

particularly from May 12-15 with generally max temps in the 50s

and lows in the 40s (the lowest being 44.3° on the 15th). The rest

of the month had seasonable to seasonably warm temperatures,

highlighted by my first 90° max on the 29th. There were fourteen

80°+ max temps and fifteen 60°+ mins during the month.

There were 13 days with measurable precipitation, highlighted by

the monthly maximum of 1.28″ on the 10th that started our wettest

period of the month through the 13th that was detailed earlier

There were two other notable precipitation days during the month

(1.05” on the 5th and 0.93” on the 28th).

The highest barometric pressure reading of the month of 30.36”

occurred on the 1st. The lowest reading was a rather modest

29.65” on the 29th on the hottest day of the month.

The highest dew point temperature reached during the month was

74° on the 19th and 28th. There were 8 days in May when dew point

temps were 70° or higher, values I consider humid for May.

My warmest air temperature of the month (90.2°) was recorded

during a particularly muggy period on the 29th. The lowest dew point

temperature value was reached on the 14th (2nd coldest day of the
month) when a value of 41° was reached.

May had 11 cloudy days, 13 partly cloudy days, and 7 clear/sunny

days. There were 63 heating degree days and 162 cooling degree

days during the month. There were 5 foggy days, 2 windy days,

and 5 days with thunder.

Daily max/min temperatures varied as they usually do during the

spring. My maximum temperature frequencies included 1 day over

90°, 14 days between 80° and 89°, 9 days between 70° and 79°,

4 days between 60° and 69°, and 3 days between 50° and 59°.

On the minimum temperature frequency side of things, there

were 4 days between 40° and 49°, 12 days between 50° and 59°,

13 days between 60° and 69° and 2 days above 70°. The coldest

daily max temperature was 55.0° on the 13th while the warmest

daily min temp of 71.3° was on the 20th.

The diurnal range daily monthly average was 19.0° (- 3.0°). Our

greatest daily range of temperature was 27.3° on the 2nd

(84.9°-57.6°) and 15th (71.6°-44.3°). We had a total of 11 days

with daily ranges above 20°. Our lowest range of temperature

was 5.2° (66.4°-61.2°) on the 8th. There were 5 total days with

diurnal temperature ranges of less than 10° throughout the

month, all occurring on or before the 13th.

May 2019 was a typical transitional month from spring to

summer, with patterns during the month generally filling the

bill quite well. No problems were experienced with my
weather station during the month thank goodness.


Average high temperature 76.7° (+ 2.9°)
Average low temperature 59.7° (+ 7.9°)
Mean temperature 68.2° (+ 5.4°)

Precipitation 6.24″ (+ 1.97”)
Greatest daily amount (date) 1.28″ (10)
Greatest storm total (dates) 2.78” (10-13)
2019 year-to-date precipitation total 20.29″ (+3.57”)

Snowfall 0.0”
Seasonal snowfall total (final) 26.8″

High temperature for the month (date) 90.2° (29)
Low temperature for the month (date) 44.3° (15)

Highest barometric pressure (date) 30.36” (1)
Lowest barometric pressure (date) 29.65” (29)

Peak wind gust (date/direction): N/A

Heating degree days for the month: 63
Cooling degree days for the month: 162

Greatest diurnal range (date): 27.3° (2,15)
Least diurnal range (date) 5.2° (8)

Number of days:

Fog 5
Windy 2
Thunder 5
Snow 0
Sleet 0
Glaze 0
Cloudy 11
Partly Cloudy 13
Sunny/Clear 7
Max temp ≥ 80° 15
Min temp < 50° 4
Min temp =< 32° 0
Precip ≥ 0.01” 13


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