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Posted: Jun 1, 2014 8:48 PM by Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux
Updated: Jun 3, 2014 5:18 AM
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April showers brings May Flowers right? Well it seems like Mother Nature hit her snooze alarm this year. We hit 3.53 inches in April. May easily doubled that amount with 8.32 inches recorded at the Baton Rouge airport. On average, we only see 5.34 inches in May. Many areas saw much more than what we experienced here in Baton Rouge. Some areas are estimated to have received over a foot of rain!

Rainfall isn't her only lazily initiated transition into summer. We are well removed from the icy winter, and are steadily making our way to the 90s. While we are still officially in spring, we typically see our first 90 degree day in May, usually around the 14th! We have yet to experience a 90 degree day here in Baton Rouge this year. The latest observation of 90 degrees in a given year was recorded on June 10th and we are well on our way to potentially beating that record.

It is also now hurricane season. Our hurricane special "Weathering the Storm" will run periodically throughout the summer and it is also available online. Typically in June we expect storms to develop on the Bay of Campeche, the Gulf of Mexico, and slightly into the Caribbean, close to the Yucatan Peninsula where waters are shallow and warm quickly.
Overall, this May has been much wetter than average. We were abnormally dry at the start of the month, but the heavy rain experienced on May 9th helped push back the drought threat a little around southeast Louisiana. The heavy rainfall on May 28th sealed our drought defense for a while as we are running with a surplus for the time being; it even broke our one-day rainfall record for that day.

Ironically, our wettest month also includes our longest dry spell. From May 15th through May 26th, we did not see a drop of rain, so we were under the threat of returning to abnormally dry conditions. The official drought monitor is updated weekly and you can catch that periodically on our broadcasts.

Here's the average breakdown on what we typically experience in May and June.

MAX MIN RAINFALL
May 1st 81° 60°
5.34"
May 31st 87° 67°
June 1st 87° 68°
5.33"
June 30th 90° 72°

The humidity is here to stay and pop up thunderstorms will become more common and of course a tropical system will dump some rainfall over us. Let's hope that everything this month comes to us in moderation.

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Data compiled from the Southern Regional Climate Center.

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