The month of May averaged 1.5 degrees colder than normal.
This was the 7th consecutive month with below normal temperatures.
There was a "mini heat-wave" from the 18th through 20th, with daily high
temperatures of 87 degrees, 93 degrees and 92 degrees, respectively. The 93
degree temperature on the 19th was the peak for the month. Only one other day
during the month had a temperature warmer than 75 degrees.
The coldest temperature of the month was 27 degrees on 14th.
Temperature records set during the month were:
Date New Record Old Record
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5/14 27 degrees 29 degrees in 1883
5/19 93 degrees 90 degrees in 1911
5/20 92 degrees 89 degrees in 1959
Precipitation for the month totalled 5.69 inches, which was 172% of normal.
This was more than 3 inches more than was measured in May 1995.
This was the 10th wettest May since records began in 1879.
The bulk of the month's precipitation-4.36 inches-fell during the first 12
days of the month.
Spring (March through May) precipitation totalled 13.07 inches.
This was the wettest spring since 1984, when 14.14 inches was reported.
It was the 6th wettest spring in the last 118 years.
The May snowfall total was 1.3 inches, all of which fell on the 12th.
This was the first May since 1977 with measurable snowfall.
The 1.3 inches of snow on the 12th was the most ever so late in the season.
The seasonal snowfall total for the Winter of 1995-96 came in at 107.2
inches, which was 40 inches more than normal.
This seasonal total was the fourth highest total on record (only exceeded by
1993-94, 1977-78 and 1957-58).