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May 2019 Observations

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Woohooo, it is finally raining here. Our first appreciable rainfall since the 12th. Hopefully it will continue thru the rest of the day.

Picked up .51" from that storm and it looks like there are more forming behind it.

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A strange liquid substance falling from the sky.  Not sure what it portends.

1.43" so far after only having 0.89" the other 30 days in May.

Even got some hail at the beginning of the downpour.

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On account of a historic late May heat wave that set new monthly record high temperatures in numerous locations in the Southeast, a number of cities recorded their warmest May on record. Cities setting record high average temperatures for May included:

Atlanta: 76.4° (old record: 74.8°, 1996 and 2018)
Charleston, SC: 78.2° (old record: 77.1°, 1953)
Elizabeth City: 74.6° (old record: 74.0°, 1944)
Fayetteville: 76.7° (old record: 75.8°, 2018)
Gainesville: 80.7° (old record: 80.1°, 1899)
Norfolk: 73.7° (old record: 73.6°, 1880 and 2018)
Savannah: 79.2° (old record: 78.4°, 1953)
Wilmington, NC: 76.4° (old record: 75.9°, 1953)

Numerous cities in the Southeast also saw an exceptional number days with 100° or above high temperatures in May:

Augusta: 2019: 5 days; 1874-2018: 2 days
Charleston, SC: 2019: 4 days; 1938-2018: 0 days
Fayetteville: 2019: 4 days; 1910-2018: 6 days
Florence: 2019: 5 days; 1948-2018: 6 days
Macon: 2019: 2 days; 1892-2018: 0 days
Savannah: 2019: 4 days; 1874-2018: 5 days
Wilmington, NC: 2019: 2 days; 1874-2018: 0 days

Select cities tied or broke their May record high temperature:

Augusta: 101°, May 26, 28-29-New Record
Charleston, SC: 101°, May 28-29-New Record
Columbia: 101°, May 28-Tied May Record
Fayetteville: 102°, May 30-Tied May Record
Macon: 100°, May 26, 28-New Record
Myrtle Beach: 99°, May 29-New Record
Savannah: 102°, May 26-New Record
Wilmington, NC: 101°, May 29-New Record

Such warmth has typically been followed by a warmer than normal June in the Southeast from South Carolina southward, especially across parts of Georgia and Florida.

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6 minutes ago, donsutherland1 said:

On account of a historic late May heat wave that set new monthly record high temperatures in numerous locations in the Southeast, a number of cities recorded their warmest May on record. Cities setting record high average temperatures for May included:

Atlanta: 76.4° (old record: 74.8°, 1996 and 2018)
Charleston, SC: 78.2° (old record: 77.1°, 1953)
Elizabeth City: 74.6° (old record: 74.0°, 1944)
Fayetteville: 76.7° (old record: 75.8°, 2018)
Gainesville: 80.7° (old record: 80.1°, 1899)
Norfolk: 73.7° (old record: 73.6°, 1880 and 2018)
Savannah: 79.2° (old record: 78.4°, 1953)
Wilmington, NC: 76.4° (old record: 75.9°, 1953)

Numerous cities in the Southeast also saw an exceptional number days with 100° or above high temperatures in May:

Augusta: 2019: 5 days; 1874-2018: 2 days
Charleston, SC: 2019: 4 days; 1938-2018: 0 days
Fayetteville: 2019: 4 days; 1910-2018: 6 days
Florence: 2019: 5 days; 1948-2018: 6 days
Macon: 2019: 2 days; 1892-2018: 0 days
Savannah: 2019: 4 days; 1874-2018: 5 days
Wilmington, NC: 2019: 2 days; 1874-2018: 0 days

Select cities tied or broke their May record high temperature:

Augusta: 101°, May 26, 28-29-New Record
Charleston, SC: 101°, May 28-29-New Record
Columbia: 101°, May 28-Tied May Record
Fayetteville: 102°, May 30-Tied May Record
Macon: 100°, May 26, 28-New Record
Myrtle Beach: 99°, May 29-New Record
Savannah: 102°, May 26-New Record
Wilmington, NC: 101°, May 29-New Record

Such warmth has typically been followed by a warmer than normal June in the Southeast from South Carolina southward, especially across parts of Georgia and Florida.

You know, I honestly don't remember last May being that warm, but it was the old record holder in Atlanta Fayetteville and Norfolk, so a broad swath of the south Atlantic.

So Don, is the correlation not that strong for NC northward?

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19 minutes ago, cbmclean said:

You know, I honestly don't remember last May being that warm, but it was the old record holder in Atlanta Fayetteville and Norfolk, so a broad swath of the south Atlantic.

So Don, is the correlation not that strong for NC northward?

Yes. There’s more variability from NC northward. 

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CAE had 5 days of 100 or higher with a 99 wedged in between. Ouch. 

While GSP did not see the brunt of it, it was plenty hot there too. 7 straight days with highs b/w 94-96; that's probably the hottest week I can ever remember for May, unless the one in the mid 90s was close.

Even AVL reached 90-91 four days with three more either 88 or 89.

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9 hours ago, Iceagewhereartthou said:

CAE had 5 days of 100 or higher with a 99 wedged in between. Ouch. 

While GSP did not see the brunt of it, it was plenty hot there too. 7 straight days with highs b/w 94-96; that's probably the hottest week I can ever remember for May, unless the one in the mid 90s was close.

Even AVL reached 90-91 four days with three more either 88 or 89.

That's a new record for CAE, beating the previous record of 3 days of 100+ in 1953. And the second most number of 90+ days on record for AVL.

Greensboro's 7 days of 90+ fell three days short of the record, as did Raleigh's 8 days

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10 hours ago, Iceagewhereartthou said:

CAE had 5 days of 100 or higher with a 99 wedged in between. Ouch. 

While GSP did not see the brunt of it, it was plenty hot there too. 7 straight days with highs b/w 94-96; that's probably the hottest week I can ever remember for May, unless the one in the mid 90s was close.

Even AVL reached 90-91 four days with three more either 88 or 89.

I haven't looked at the data, but it seems that Columbia is just about the hottest place in the Carolinas.

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Finished up with 2.11" yesterday.  Just what the Dr. ordered.

3.00" for the month. 

 

Shows the pluses and minuses of statistics.  I don't remember being last May being particularly warm, but the numbers say it was.

On the other hand, in future years someone would look back at my 3.00" in May and say "Must not have been that dry".

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1.21" total yesterday. 1.93" for the month. 18 straight days with no rain. Hope to get more today. Currently 79/69. Heat wave is over.

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Saw a NWS blog post about historically warm May 2019.  Record warmest at KFAY, second warmest at GSO.  Third at RDU.

But what struck me was that until this may, the number one warmest May for all three central NC climate stations was... 2018!.  2018 is still the record holder for GSO and RDU.

I don't have a single memory about May 2018 being warm but it was somehow warmer than this month's oven at RDU.

 

 

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