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May 2022 General Discussion


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Picked up 0.04" of rain earlier today.  New storms are beginning to pop near the area.

Got lucky here with a severe storm back on March 5th with 70mph winds and a tor a few miles north, and then a nearly-severe storm a few weeks back with 0.75" hail.  We're doing pretty good compared to this time last year to be sure.

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It was certainly a dryish month across the corn belt.  The grass has lost its lushness, which, frankly, isn't a bad thing.  Now I no longer have to mow every three days.  We aren't desperate for rain at this point, especially with pleasant temps for the foreseeable future, but it would be nice if we could trend back in the opposite direction as we head into summer.  I don't want drought to rebuild.

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3 minutes ago, CheeselandSkies said:

Yeesh. This has me in the up to 1.5" BA category, with portions of the county in the -1.5-3" range. Yet my perception is that this has been a relatively wet May, at least compared to the last couple. @madwx

MSN ended at 2.54" (-1.56") and my house was only 2.28" so that map is definitely right.  March and April were the wet months here.  

 

last May was 2.20" so not much drier, and May 2020 was very wet.

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50 minutes ago, hawkeye_wx said:

It was certainly a dryish month across the corn belt.  The grass has lost some of its lushness, which, frankly, isn't a bad thing.  Now I no longer have to mow every three days.  We aren't desperate for rain at this point, especially with pleasant temps for the foreseeable future, but it would be nice if we could trend back in the opposite direction as we head into summer.  I don't want drought to rebuild.

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Latest drought outlook still has it expanding toward your area this summer.  Though as with any seasonal outlook, there's uncertainty.

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Updated Seasonal Assessment - In the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies, and Great Plains, improving drought conditions depicted in the June 2022 monthly drought outlook (MDO) are likely to be short-lived, as long-term guidance favors a return of above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation for all areas forecast to experience improvements. Additionally, drought development remains favored for parts of the central Corn Belt as La Niña, which typically leads to warmer and drier conditions across the central CONUS during the June-July-August (JJA) season, is expected to continue through the end of August. Drought development also remains likely in parts of eastern Texas, where antecedent soil moisture continues to be well below-normal and long-range outlooks favor above-normal temperatures and weak precipitation signals. In the Pacific Northwest, given the recent improvements during May, coupled with above-normal precipitation and below-normal temperatures favored throughout much of June, no additional drought development is favored beyond June. 

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In an odd coincidence, ORD and RFD were both +3.1 in temps.

 

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
1219 PM CDT Wed Jun 1 2022 /119 PM EDT Wed Jun 1 2022/

...A Look Back at the Climate for the Month of May 2022 for
Chicago and Rockford...

At Chicago, the average high temperature was 72.2 degrees, which
is 1.7 degrees above normal. The average low temperature was 55.2
degrees, which is 4.6 degrees above normal. The average
temperature for the month was 63.7 degrees, which is 3.1 degrees
above normal. During the month of May, 3.47 inches of
precipitation were recorded, which is 1.02 inches below normal.


Six daily records were set or tied for Chicago during the month
of May 2022:
* Tied daily warmest minimum temperature of 69 degrees on the
  10th.
* Record daily warmest minimum temperature of 74 degrees on the
  11th.
* Record daily maximum temperature of 90 degrees on the 11th.
* Record daily warmest minimum temperature of 74 degrees on the
  12th.
* Tied daily maximum temperature of 89 degrees on the 13th.
* Record daily warmest minimum temperature of 74 degrees on the
  31st.


At Rockford, the average high temperature was 73.9 degrees, which
is 2.7 degrees above normal. The average low temperature was 53.2
degrees, which is 3.7 degrees above normal. The average
temperature for the month was 63.5 degrees, which is 3.1 degrees
above normal. During the month of May, 2.54 inches of
precipitation were recorded, which is 1.64 inches below normal.

Eight daily records were set or tied for Rockford during the
month of May 2022:
* Record daily warmest minimum temperature of 68 degrees on the
  10th.
* Record daily maximum temperature of 92 degrees on the 10th.
* Record daily warmest minimum temperature of 72 degrees on the
  11th.
* Record daily maximum temperature of 94 degrees on the 11th.
* Record daily warmest minimum temperature of 74 degrees on the
  12th.
* Record daily maximum temperature of 93 degrees on the 12th.
* Tied daily warmest minimum temperature of 63 degrees on the
  13th.
* Record daily maximum temperature of 92 degrees on the 13th.


$$

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  • 2 weeks later...
On 6/1/2022 at 2:40 AM, Spartman said:

89'd after being stuck at 88 for several hours this afternoon. Highest we'll see for at least the next few weeks.

94F, with a heat index of 107F at Dayton, after a high of 91F yesterday. Looks like a couple more days in the mid 90s this week, with heat indices well in excess of 100F at times.

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