Month of Contrast

The official statistics for May were published recently by the National Climatic Data Center.  The precipitation contrasts across the lower 48 states was remarkable last month.

Nearly all the northern tier of states from the Pacific northwest to New England finished with well above average precipitation, whereas, the southern tier of states from New Mexico to Florida all finished with well below normal rainfall.  In fact, only a handful of states finished with near average precipitation during May.  It was definitely a feast or famine month for rainfall.

Some parts of far western North Dakota experienced the wettest May on record, but as a whole, May 2011 finished as the 12th wettest on record for the state.  Minnesota was not quite as wet and ended up with the 30th wettest May since 1893.

By average, the wettest states last month were Montana, Wyoming and Utah.  Both Wyoming and Utah had their 2nd wettest Mays on record with Montana recording their 3rd wettest.

4 thoughts on “Month of Contrast

  1. Daryl, I read that ENSO-neutral conditions have returned. What does that mean for us in the upper Midwest?

  2. In our area for probably the last time we were frost free on east but not on West side of Pembina Hwy. oipospte St Vital park. Lots of Fog and mist rising from the River til noon.I looked at the Manitoba low temps on the CWB Ag network and almost all were 0C or less. Exceptions were Neepawa and Minnedosa at +1 and Gimli and Victoria Beach at +3 and +6.0C reported at Glenlea south of St Norbert and Elm Creek as well as Cartwright near the US border and Killarney in the same area.

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