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May 2021 General Discussion


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The whole drive back from Missouri the temp never got above 51. Yesterday was probably top 10 miserable days for this time of year for the entire region. I retweeted several shots of accumulating snow north of Toronto as well.

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More record lows this morning with temps being very similar to yesterday morning. Impressive 2 day run on cold mornings. These last 3 days have been running -10 to -20 below normal putting the smackdown on the monthly avg. Should end up around 1.0 - 1.5 tho after being in the 3 range.

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2 hours ago, Mogget said:

36 degrees this AM, below the forecasted low.  No frost advisory, either, but I see frost on cars and on the ground.  I hope I didn’t just lose my tomatoes and watermelons...

:(

May have lost a tomato plant here but everything else looks good.  I had thought about frost potential but when going to be we were 8 degrees warmer than the same time last night so I thought we’d be ok 

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Tomatoes seem to be okay but some of the watermelon seedlings show significant leaf damage.  Bummer.

On the other hand, it’s early enough that I’ll just stick a few more seeds in some of the hills.  :)

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1 hour ago, Mogget said:

Tomatoes seem to be okay but some of the watermelon seedlings show significant leaf damage.  Bummer.

On the other hand, it’s early enough that I’ll just stick a few more seeds in some of the hills.  :)

Watermelon have a hard time with cold. Sometimes it’s hard to get them growing even without frost if it’s relatively cool.

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9 minutes ago, A-L-E-K said:

CAD summer 

Wouldn't be easy to pull off colder than average over a 3 month period... if we presuppose that the drought will continue.  I should look up the last time Chicago had a cooler than average summer while in a bona fide drought.

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6 hours ago, Hoosier said:

Wouldn't be easy to pull off colder than average over a 3 month period... if we presuppose that the drought will continue.  I should look up the last time Chicago had a cooler than average summer while in a bona fide drought.

Not Chicago, but up here at least 1962 was like that. One of only 8 years that recorded 22 inches or less of precipiation and yet only reached 90 degrees or higher 4 times the entire summer.  This year has actually been pretty similar to 1962 so far, so its an interesting analog to follow as the summer goes along here.

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1 hour ago, Geoboy645 said:

Not Chicago, but up here at least 1962 was like that. One of only 8 years that recorded 22 inches or less of precipiation and yet only reached 90 degrees or higher 4 times the entire summer.  This year has actually been pretty similar to 1962 so far, so its an interesting analog to follow as the summer goes along here.

I took a look at Chicago.  I just used years that had less than 10" of precip through May (avg through May is a bit over 13") because setting the threshold less than that would've really cut into the sample size.  The results surprised me... there were some notoriously hot summers in there, but many others were near average or cooler than average.

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May was a see saw of a chilly and often frosty first half, followed by a mid summer hot stretch for a week, then ending with a brief visit to November. In the end it will just blend in the records as a non extreme May lol. Finished -1.3° at DTW with a mean temp of 59.0°. Monthly max/min 88/32.

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
119 PM CDT Tue Jun 1 2021 /219 PM EDT Tue Jun 1 2021/

...A Look Back at the Climate for the Month of May 2021 for
Chicago and Rockford...

At Chicago, the average high temperature was 69.7 degrees, which
is 0.8 degrees below normal. The average low temperature was 50.8
degrees, which is 0.2 degrees above normal. The average temperature
for the month was 60.2 degrees, which is 0.4 degrees below normal.
During the month of May, 1.79 inches of precipitation were recorded,
which is 2.70 inches below normal.

There were no daily or top ten monthly records set for Chicago
during the month of May 2021.


At Rockford, the average high temperature was 71.3 degrees, which
is 0.1 degrees above normal. The average low temperature was 50.2
degrees, which is 0.7 degrees above normal. The average temperature
for the month was 60.8 degrees, which is 0.4 degrees above normal.
During the month of May, 2.36 inches of precipitation were recorded,
which is 1.82 inches below normal.

One daily record for Rockford was set and two were tied during the
month of May 2021:
* Tied record daily maximum temperature of 88 on the 1st.
* Tied record daily highest minimum temperature of 61 on the 2nd.
* Record daily highest minimum temperature of 70 degrees on the
  25th.

There were no top ten monthly records set for Rockford during the
month of May 2021.

$$

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Met Spring for Chicago:  warmer and drier than avg

 

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
421 PM CDT Tue Jun 1 2021 /521 PM EDT Tue Jun 1 2021/

...A Look Back at the Climate for Meteorological Spring (March,
April, May) 2021 for Chicago and Rockford...

At Chicago, the average high temperature for the spring season was
61.4 degrees, which is 2.6 degrees above normal. The average low
temperature was 42.8 degrees, which is 2.2 degrees above normal.
The mean temperature for the season was 52.1 degrees, which is 2.4
degrees above normal.

A total of 3.75 inches of precipitation was recorded during this
past spring, which is 6.94 inches below normal. In addition, a
total of 1.8 inches of snow fell, which is 5.0 inches below
normal.

Records established or tied during the spring months:

March:
* Tied record daily maximum temperature of 69 degrees on the 9th.
* Record daily highest minimum temperature of 57 degrees on the 10th.
** 10th warmest March on record since 1871 with a mean average
   temperature of 44.2 degrees.

April:
* Tied record daily maximum temperature of 87 degrees on the 27th.
** 6th driest April on record since 1871 with 0.71 inches of
   precipitation.

May: None.

Top Ten Seasonal Records:
** 7th warmest spring on record since 1871 with a mean average
   temperature of 52.1 degrees.
** 3rd driest spring on record since 1871 with 3.75 inches of
   precipitation.
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19 hours ago, Hoosier said:

Met Spring for Chicago:  warmer and drier than avg

Top 10 lists...
 
Top 10 Driest Springs:
1. 2.73" - 1887
2. 3.20" - 1934
3. 3.75" - 2021
4. 3.87" - 1994
5. 4.08" - 1886
6. 4.17" - 1895
7. 4.63" - 1989
8. 5.00" - 2005
9. 5.09" - 1958
10. 5.18" - 1992
 
Top 10 Warmest Springs:
1. 56.6° - 2012
2. 56.2° - 1977
2. 53.9° - 1921
4. 52.7° - 2010
4. 52.7° - 1991
4. 52.7° - 1955
7. 52.1° - 2021
8. 51.7° - 1946
9. 51.6° - 1987
10. 51.5° - 1968
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