May could be a little wetter than usual

By the Tri-City HeraldMay 2, 2014 

Expect near normal temperatures this month in the Tri-Cities, but it could be a little wetter than usual, according to the National Weather Service.

Normal highs for the Tri-Cities in May rise from 70 degrees at the start of the month to 78 at the end of the month. Normal lows rise from 45 to 53 degrees.

Normal precipitation for the month is 0.64 inch.

April was slightly warmer than usual, both in the Tri-Cities and at Hanford. But no daily record temperatures were set at Hanford, where the Hanford Meteorology Station maintains daily records back to World War II.

In the Tri-Cities, the average temperature was 55.4, which was 1.1 degrees above normal, according to the weather service.

The average temperature was boosted by highs April 9 and 10 of 81 degrees.

The average high temperature for the month was 67.4, which was 1.1 degrees above normal.

Low temperatures averaged 43.4, which also was 1.1 degrees above normal. The lowest temperature was 35 on April 14.

At Hanford, temperatures in April averaged 55.4, which was 2 degrees above normal.

The year continues to be dry.

Precipitation in April in the Tri-Cities totaled 0.33 inch, which was 0.23 inch below normal. That brought precipitation for the year to 2.13 inches, which is about an inch below normal.

For the water year, which starts in October, precipitation has totaled 2.77 inches, which is 3.11 inches below normal.

The peak wind gust in the Tri-Cities in April, as recorded in Kennewick, was 44 mph on April 27.

At Hanford, the peak gust at the Hanford Meteorology Station was 46 mph on April 19. The month was windier than usual with an average wind speed of 9.7 miles per hour at the Hanford station. That is 1.5 mph above normal.

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