George Isobar reviews May weather 6.10.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You couldn’t get much closer to normal than the weather in May, says Morenci climate observer George Isobar.

Temperature and precipitation weren’t that far from what’s expected this time of the year, and there were no big surprises along the way.

“According to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, the temperature for May was only two-tenths of a degree below normal,” Isobar said. “The rainfall was only about a third of an inch off.”

Actually, he said, Morenci’s 30-year average is closer to four inches, but the long-term average computed in Toledo stands at 3.14. Last month 2.78 fell here.

“It wasn’t a particularly wet month,” Isobar said. “All but about half an inch fell during three days. The rest of the month stayed pretty dry.”

Just two thunderstorms, a little light frost on the 18th—really not much to talk about.

Isobar recorded four morning temperatures in the 30s. The low of 33° came early in the month and the latest was a 34° reading on the 18th.

On the other end of the scale, there were three days in the 80s, with a high of 85 on May 22.

“Nothing unusual there,” Isobar said. “We often get a day in the low 90s and every few years the temperature dips into the 20s. It was just a pretty normal month.”

June

“June should be a little wetter, a little more thundery, and, of course, warmer,” Isobar said.

The average temperature last month was 59.4°. The average for June increases to 68.8°.

“It shouldn’t be long at all before we’re all complaining about the heat,” Isobar said.

Not so fast, George, the forecast for the next week shows highs in the 70s. Maybe a few weeks from now he’ll have something to write about—a story about the abnormal weather of June.

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