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Precipitation surplus persists locally

Despite May being slighter drier than usual, Mount Airy has maintained an above-normal precipitation total for the year as a whole.

May delivered a rainfall output of 3.78 inches, according to a monthly report from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, the city’s official weather-monitoring station.

This was below the all-time average for Mount Airy during the fifth month of the year, 4.70 inches. Weather records have been kept here since 1924.

Measurable amounts were logged on nine of May’s 31 days at the water plant, mostly on a single day — May 29 — when 2.85 inches of rain fell.

As of the end of last month’s drier period, Mount Airy’s precipitation remained above normal for 2023 overall, a five-month total of 22.2 inches that is 2.48 inches, or 12.6% greater than the all-time local average of 19.72.

May was cooler

The pleasant days enjoyed by local residents during May showed up in the water plant stats, which note that temperatures averaged 62.2 degrees, exactly two degrees cooler than the May norm for the city of 64.2 degrees.

That colder trend was bolstered by a pair of 37-degree readings on May 5-6 which represented the monthly low.

On the other end of the scale, the mercury hit 84 degrees just four days later on May 10 to take high-temperature honors for the month.

Fog was observed on five days during May.



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