Ithaca Climate Summary for May 2002
- With an average temperature of 51.7 degrees, the month averaged 3.7 degrees cooler than normal.
- This was the coolest May since 1997.
- This month ended the string of 7 consecutive months with a positive temperature departure.
- The last month with a larger negative departure was March 2001 (-4.8 degrees).
- High temperatures this month didn't approach the warmth experienced during the middle of April.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 80 degrees on the 27th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 27 degrees on the 1st.
- Three record low temperatures were set this month: 28 degrees on the 20th (old record 31 in 1981), 28 degrees on the 21st (old record 29 in 1906), and 29 degrees on the 22nd (old record 31 in 1936).
- May precipitation totalled 5.01 inches, which represented 156% of normal.
- This was the first wetter-than-normal month since September 2001.
- This was the 18th wettest May in 124 years of record.
- Year-to-date precipitation now stands at 13.34 inches, 0.09 inches above normal.
- Total precipitation for the last twelve months is 37.41 inches, 0.70 inches above normal.
[All normals are for the years 1971-2000.]
- There was no snowfall this month.
- Seasonal snowfall was 25.2 inches, which was 43 inches below normal.
- This was the second least snowiest season on record. The record is 25.1 inches set in the winter of 1918-19.
Keith L. Eggleston (KLE1@cornell.edu)
Northeast Regional Climate Center