Isobar looks at May weather 2012.06.06

Written by David Green.


You don’t need a weatherman to know how dry it was last month, but George Isobar is going to tell you anyway.

He’s going to tell you it was one of the driest months of May on record.

“From the local records I have since 1975, only 1994 was drier,” he said.

The official report lists precipitation as 1.74 inches, but that includes 0.62 that fell on the final day of April and was included in May.

“Actually, we had 1.77 in April and 1.12 in May,” he said. “The National Weather Service office in Toledo reports that precipitation for the year is down two inches.”

May was about 2.8 inches below normal. 

There were three thunderstorms recorded last month and one storm with hail, although the hail wasn’t associated with severe weather.

“We escaped severe weather for another spring,” Isobar said.

Although April’s temperature was close to normal after the astoundingly warm March, May was back on the rise. The average for the month came out 5.1° above normal.

“The most unusually warm day came May 3 when the high was 89° and the night time temperature stayed in the 60s,” Isobar said. “The daily average was 19° warmer than normal. There were only five days that finished below normal.”

The high for the month—96° on May 28—was the highest temperature ever recorded during May in Toledo’s years of record-keeping. Three daily record highs were recorded last month in Toledo, making a total of 10 so far this year.

Last May was the warmest since 1998 and the ninth warmest on record.

The low of 37° was recorded on the morning of May 10.

“It was dry and it was warm, but that’s about all there is to talk about for May,” Isobar said. “It was just a nice month, weatherwise. Placid and nothing too unusual.”

JUNE—We’re often looking for our first hot days in the 90s at this time of year, Isobar said, but that’s old news now. Maybe it will have to top 100 to get our attention.

“It certainly should be raining more,” he said, “but the forecast for the week isn’t showing any of that. Things better turn around soon or I’ll be back in a month talking about how it’s one of the driest Junes on record.”

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