Finger on the Weather

A mild, mild May for Wichita

It may have seemed like a cool, damp May in the Wichita area.

That is a misperception, however.

The 4.44 inches of rain that fell last month was actually lower than average, though not by much. The historical average for May is 4.57 inches.

The average temperature of 65.9 was just 0.1 degree below normal.

“This has to be one of the best Mays as far as getting great weather – especially in the evenings,” National Weather Service meteorologist Robb Lawson said.

Warm temperatures – but not too hot – and many days with light winds made porches, patios and backyards inviting. Not once did Wichita reach 90 degrees in May.

And Memorial Day weekend behaved itself: no tornadoes in the state, no severe thunderstorms. That’s unusual for Kansas in late May, Lawson said, which made it all the more welcome.

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