Recent Memorial Day Rains

The Memorial Day weekend has evolved into the unofficial start of summer and most folks would prefer “perfect” weather for the extended weekend. The average high temperature for the end of May is in the upper 70s and the low is in the mid 50s. The late spring season typically experiences frequent rains and in recent years Memorial Day itself has had a rather wet reputation. Only one out of the past five Memorial Days has been rain free. That was last year when the temperature hit 92 and the skies were partly cloudy. Below is the recent Memorial Day track record for weather.

2002: High temperature 80 … cloudy/thunderstorms … rainfall .18″
2003: High temperature 69 … cloudy/rain/fog … rainfall 1.51″
2004: High temperature 70 … cloudy/rain … rainfall .48″
2005: High temperature 78 … partly cloudy/showers … rainfall .02″
2006: High temperature 92 … partly cloudy … no rain

This Memorial Day, an approaching cool front will keep rain chances alive during the day. Any thunderstorm activity will likely be scattered and the day does not look like it will be a washout. Just keep alert for any storm activity that could crop up.

Speaking of rain … the Baltimore area is running a little short of what is considered “normal”. As of late Sunday afternoon, the official rain total for May was only .94″ which is 2.45″ below the 30 year average. Evening rains around town generally produced less than a tenth of an inch and any rain on Monday is not expected to be substantial so it looks like we will need to do some catching up to keep things green in the area. A more substantial storm system is expected next weekend and it may help.

John Collins


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