May 2014 – Spring continues sputtering

A bed of tulips in Moncton, 30 May 2014 (Dearing)

A bed of tulips in Moncton, 30 May 2014 (Dearing)

We kept waiting for spring weather to arrive and stay in Southeast New Brunswick during May but it just never seemed to happen.

While we did have a stretch of warm temperatures mid-month, it was soon followed by a period of cloudy, wet and downright dismal days which struggled to reach daytime highs of 10 C.

Overnight lows were also cold with a low of -2.9 C recorded late in the month (26 May) and heavy frost occurred on 29 May.

Although it seemed wet, precipitation was actually well below normal with only half of the normal rainfall and not a single snowflake reported.

MAY 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH  15.8 C

Average LOW  3.0 C

AVERAGE  9.4 C (about 0.6 degrees BELOW normal)

Extreme HIGH  26.5 C (16 May)

Extreme LOW  -2.9 C (26 May)

Rainfall  47.2 mm (about 50 percent BELOW normal)

Snowfall  0.0 cm  (slightly BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)


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