Ithaca Climate Summary for May 1997
- With an average temperature of 50.7 degrees, the month of May was 4.3
degrees cooler than normal.
- It was the coolest May since 1968 and the 18th coolest on record.
- This was the 4th consecutive year with a cooler-than-normal May.
- The warmest reading of the month was 76 degrees on the 31st.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 26 degrees on the 8th.
- The date of the last spring 32 degree temperature was May 27th - 15 days
later than normal.
- The date of the last spring 28 degree temperature (often referred to as a
hard freeze) was May 8th - 6 days later than normal.
- May was the 5th consecutive month with drier than normal weather, giving
us a year-to-date deficit of 3.41 inches (84% of normal).
- The total precipitation for the month was 2.78 inches, which was 72% of
the monthly normal.
- We received nearly 3 inches less precipitation this month than the same
month last year.
- There was no measurable snowfall reported during May.
- The seasonal total, therefore, for the 1996-97 winter was 51.5 inches,
which was 15.7 inches less than normal (77%).
- This seasonal total exceeded the accumulation of 6 of the last 20
Keith L. Eggleston (email@example.com)
Northeast Regional Climate Center