May Was Warm But Rochester Still Had A Very Cool Spring
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The coldest April on record was followed by the 3rd warmest May in the Rochester area. The National Weather Service reports the end result was a very cool spring, with an average temperature of 43.1 degrees (2.6 degrees below normal).
The average temperature for March was 30.5 degrees, nearly 2 degrees below normal. April’s average of 34.5 degrees was more than 12 degrees below normal, easily the coldest on record. The 17 inches of snow that fell in April was also a record.
May warmed up in a hurry. Above average temperatures were recorded on 25 days, including a six-day run of 90 degrees or warmer (remember Memorial Day?). Rochester's May was the third warmest on record.
The end result was an average spring (March-May) temperature of 43.1 degrees, 2.6 degrees below normal.
The National Weather Service also says the average May temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 65.4 degrees, more than 52 degrees above average. That made it the warmest May on record. The agency says the previous record was 64.7 (1934). There were more than 8,590 daily warm station records broken, or tied, during May.
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