Isobar's May weather report 2011.06.08

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Why am I watering my garden?

That’s a question local weather observer George Isobar heard from a puzzled gardener.

Nearly seven inches of rain in April. More than seven inches in May. But just the same, people have had their garden hoses out keeping flowers and vegetables fresh.

“I was surprised how quickly the mushy ground dried out,” Isobar said. “That was certainly a lot of rain in the past few weeks.”

It wasn’t the wettest April from Morenci’s record book that was started in 1975 and it wasn’t the wettest May, but it was probably the wettest April and May combined.

The May tally finished at 7.04 inches, the second wettest on record next to the 8.78 inches in 2004.

“It started off pretty light,” Isobar said. “We only had about half an inch in the first couple of weeks, then it let loose.”

That’s especially true for the last week of the month. Isobar’s log sheet reads 1.34 inches, 1.19, then a day off, then 0.87 and 0.78.

That last figure was from May 29, the day of the big storm that knocked down more than two dozen trees in town.

“We had escaped severe weather for several years,” Isobar said. “It seemed like we were overdue.”

Even though wind damage was reported in other parts of Lenawee and Fulton counties in recent years, this area had been missed.

There were just two days in the 90s last month—on the final two days of the month—with the high temperature of 92° recorded May 31. It might be difficult to remember the other extreme, but the low temperature came in at 35° on May 4. After that, morning temperatures were mostly up into the 50s and 60s.

According to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, the average temperature for the month was 1.5° above normal.

Thunderstorms were observed on eight days, with hail and damaging wind on the 29th.

JUNE—Don’t hope for any records in June, Isobar says.

“In 2000 we had 9.38 inches of rain. In 1988 we had a high temperature of 103°. In 1993 we had a low of 36°. In 1998 we had nine thunderstorms.”

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