May 2011: 2nd Wettest Month Ever

By Jason Meyers, Meteorologist

A soggy month.

June 1, 2011 Updated Jun 1, 2011 at 8:50 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - May 2011 is in the record books. This past month will be remembered as a soggy one since 10.17" of rain fell. That's 6.42" above normal! It's the wettest May Fort Wayne has ever seen, surpassing the old record of 8.8" in May 1991. It's also the second wettest month overall. It's just shy of the 11" of rain that fell during July 1986, the wettest month on the record books. Of the 31 days in May, we received measurable precipitation on 21 of them. Five of those days saw a 1/2" or more and four days saw 1" or more. From the 25th to the 26th, the airport recorded 3.55" of rain during a 24 hour period. We also broke a couple records for daily rainfall amount on the 23rd and the 25th.

As for temperatures, it may have felt damp and chilly most of the month, but some hot weather the last couple days of the month brought the averages to just above normal conditions. Our hottest day was 91° on the 31st while our coldest temperature was 35° on the 5th. Overall, our average high temperature was 72.5°, less than 1° above normal. Our average minimum, 52.5°, about 3.5° above normal.

Now as we look forward to June, long term forecast models are showing slightly above temperatures and average rainfall. For the rest of the summer, slightly cooler temperatures and average rainfall are expected trends.

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