Thursday, May 4, 2017

Roller Coaster Temperatures through May

April was an above average month, with our monthly temperature and rain total topping out above the average mark. But so far, May has been trending below average.

The past several days, along with forecast highs through the weekend remain below average. The average for the beginning of May is in the upper 60's, but we've been stuck in the 50's so far. We'll make it into the low 60's Thursday and Friday, but we fall back into the 50's behind a weak cool front early Saturday. Frost will also once again be possible Saturday night into Sunday as low temperatures drop into the mid and upper 30's.

We'll be on the up swing by Sunday, making it into the low 60's before upper 60's arrive Monday. I even went ahead and added a couple 70's to the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, but a chance for rain could keep temperatures a touch cooler. It will be nice to finally reach the 70's again, though that is about average for this time of year. The Climate Prediction Center keeps the probability of warmer than average temperatures just west of the Mississippi by next week, and then a higher probability of cooler temperatures to the east.

While we're forecast to make it into the upper 60's and low 70's by the middle of next week, it won't last. The Climate Prediction Center outlooks the Midwest and the Stateline area to see a higher probability to below average temperatures through the middle of the month.

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