Less rain than usual forecast in May

By Annette Cary, Tri-City HeraldMay 2, 2013 

The month of May is starting with some unseasonably warm days, but most of the month's temperatures should be about normal, according to the National Weather Service.

It is predicting temperatures for the month to be near average, but expects less rain than usual in the Tri-Cities.

Normal highs for the Tri-Cities in May could rise from 70 degrees at the start of May to 78 at the end of the month. However, the high temperature could hit 80 today and highs are expected to stay in the 80s through Wednesday.

Normal lows for May could rise throughout the month from 45 to 53. Normal precipitation for May is 0.64 inch.

April weather was near normal in the Mid-Columbia.

At Hanford, where temperature records are kept back to 1945, two daily temperature records were tied.

On April 23, the low was 30 degrees, tying the previous cold-weather record for the date set in 1970. Three days later, the daily record for the highest temperature, 85, was tied.

The month was just slightly warmer than normal with temperatures averaging 53.6 degrees, which is 0.2 degree above normal.

In the Tri-Cities, temperatures averaged 54.6 degrees, which was 0.3 degree above normal. High temperatures averaged 66.6 degrees and low temperatures averaged 42.5 degrees.

The highest temperature was 85 de-grees on April 27 and the coldest temperature, as measured in Kennewick, was 31 degrees on April 17.

Precipitation in the Tri-Cities totaled 0.52 inch during April, which was 0.04 inch below normal. However, rain fell on 10 days during the month. At Hanford 0.3 inch of precipitation was measured, which is 55 percent of normal.

Precipitation for the year in the Tri-Cities has reached 1.31 inches, which is 1.84 inches below normal.

Since the start of the water year in October, precipitation has totaled 4.91 inches, which is 0.97 inch below normal.

The peak wind gust for the month in the Tri-Cities was 43 mph on April 7. At Hanford it was 50 mph on April 13.

-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; acary@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @HanfordNews

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