May Ends With Summer-Like Numbers For North Texas

June 1, 2008 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

By Steve MacLaughlin

Summer officially begins in about three weeks, but we are already stuck in the second heat wave of the season and this upcoming week will only get worse.

May began with relentless severe weather, but when the spring storms ended, summer moved in fast.

The average temperature this May (high and low from each day averaged out over all 31 days) was 77 degrees. That makes this May the 8th warmest on record. The hottest May ever was in 1996.

So far this year the average temperature has been 61.2 degrees, the fifth warmest on record. 2006 is the warmest ever.

And over the last 365 days, the average temperature was 68.6 degrees, the fourth warmest on record. During that same period (June 1st to May 31st) in 2005 to 2006, we had the warmest temperatures ever. 2006 is still the hottest year on record for North Texas.

We broke 4 daily records this May for the warmest overnight low temperature; two of those being 80 degrees which has never, ever happened as early as May before. We also saw a record afternoon high of 99 degrees on May 19th.

The rain essentially stopped the last two weeks of the month. DFW saw 2.21″ when a normal May brings in over twice as much: 5.15″. While the last year has seen beneficial rains, we are now slightly below normal for 2008. By this point we should normally have 15.68″ of rain and we have seen only 14.70″ with no rain in sight for the next few days as we prepare for our historically dry season.

The next seven days could see seven new records. Daytime highs will not reach record levels, but every single night this week, our low temperature will be very close to the record for warmest overnight low temperature. For example, if the record low tonight is 77 degrees and we drop to 78 or higher, that is a new record. We tied the record of 76 degrees on Sunday morning.

Stay cool and have a great week,

Steve Mac

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