May Climate Data

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
325 PM CDT FRI JUN 2 2006

OKZ004>048-050>052-TXZ083>090-031800-
325 PM CDT FRI JUN 2 2006

...MAY 2006 MONTHLY SUMMARY...

FOR OKLAHOMA CITY:

SIX WARM TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE BROKEN DURING THE MONTH OF MAY.
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 72.6 DEGREES...WHICH TIES
THE FOURTH WARMEST MAY ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 4.2
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. BELOW IS A TABLE OF THE TOP-TEN WARMEST MAYS
ON RECORD:

RANK YEAR AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
1 1962 74.3
2 1996 73.8
3 1896 73.4
4 1987 72.6
1956 72.6
2006(T) 72.6
7 1998 72.5
8 1991 72.3
9 1939 72.1
10 2004 71.9

MAY STARTED OUT ON THE COOL SIDE...WITH FOUR OF THE FIRST TEN DAYS
BELOW 70 DEGREES. HOWEVER...BEGINNING ON THE 18TH...THE TEMPERATURE
WARMED TO AT LEAST 90 DEGREES LASTING THROUGH THE 30TH. NINETY
DEGREES WAS REACHED 13 TIMES...BREAKING THE PREVIOUS HIGH OF TEN
TIMES IN 1952. THIS IS THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW WITH A RECORD
NUMBER OF 90-DEGREE DAYS. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 97
DEGREES...RECORDED ON THE 19TH AND 20TH.

ALSO...SPRING 2006...MARCH THROUGH MAY...WILL GO DOWN AS THE WARMEST
ON RECORD. IN FACT...THE 2006 AVERAGE WAS ALMOST TWO DEGREES WARMER
THAN SECOND PLACE. BELOW IS A TABLE OF THE TOP-TEN WARMEST SPRINGS.
AS YOU CAN SEE TWO OUT OF THE LAST THREE YEARS HAVE HAD VERY WARM
SPRING SEASONS:

RANK SEASON AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
1 2006 65.0
2 1925 63.1
3 1991(T) 63.0
1963
1936
6 1967 62.9
7 1946 62.7
8 2004 62.8
9 1986 62.4
10 1977(T) 62.2
1939
1910

THE MONTH STARTED OUT WITH MAY-LIKE PRECIPITATION. RAINFALL WAS
RECEIVED ON SEVEN OF THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF THE MONTH. HOWEVER...THE
NEXT RECORDED RAINFALL WAS NOT UNTIL THE 31ST. THE MONTH WAS ON
TRACK TO CRACK THE TOP-TEN DRIEST MAY MONTHS...BUT 1.82 INCHES OF
RAIN FELL ON THE 31ST. THIS WAS THE HIGHEST RECORDED PRECIPITATION
TOTAL SINCE JUNE 16TH 2005...WHEN 1.88 INCHES FELL. THE TOTAL FOR
THE MONTH WAS 3.01 INCHES. THIS IS 2.43 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE
TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR IS 9.32 INCHES...WHICH IS NOW 4.86
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
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