Much less moisture in May than year ago

The amount of moisture in May was much less than for the same month a year ago and even compared to the long-term average.

Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center, south of Minot, said the moisture for May was 1.70 inches compared to 6.45 inches in May 2013.

He said the long-term average is 2.36 inches.

Snowfall for the month of May was just 0.5 of an inch. A year ago in May no snowfall was recorded, he said. He said the 108-year long-term average is 0.6 of an inch.

“For the winter we had 38.3 inches of snow (September 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014). This compares with 73 inches a year ago,” he said. He said the long-term average is 39.7 inches.

The monthly average temperature in May was 53.5 degrees, Tarasenko said. He said this compares with the average temperature of 52.5 degrees last year in May and the 108-year, long-term average of 53.3 degrees.

“Our highest temperature for the month was 90 degrees set on May 29. We also had wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour on that day,” Tarasenko said.

Showers are likely today and a chance of showers for most of the week through Thursday, except weather forecasters say Tuesday will be mostly sunny.