National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

...A STATISTICAL PREVIEW OF CARIBOU'S MAY WEATHER...

 

During the month of May the average high temperature climbs from 56 degrees on the 1st to 68 by the end of the month.  The average low temperature rises from 36 degrees on the 1st to 45 by the end of the month.


The warmest temperature ever observed during the month of May was 96 degrees on May 22, 1977.  The coldest temperature ever observed in May was 18 degrees on may 2, 1974. The high of 96 tied with June 29, 1944 for the all-time warmest temperature ever observed at Caribou since weather records began in 1939.   

Measurable snowfall (0.1” or greater) is observed on average of once every 3 years during the month of May.  A trace of snow is observed on average of about 75 percent of the time during the month of May…so seeing a few flakes of wet snow in May is by no means an unusual event.  A snowfall of an inch or more has occurred 4 times (1981-2010) during the month of May.  The greatest calendar day snowfall of 5.8 inches was observed on May 8, 1967.

The average date of the last freeze is may 15th.  Since 1940 the earliest date of the last freeze was April 27, 1989.  The latest date of the last freeze was June 12, 1950.  Typically there will be the threat of at least a light frost until around Memorial Day. 

Thunderstorms become an increasing threat during the month of May with an average of 2 days when a thunderstorm is observed at the airport in Caribou.  Severe weather also becomes an increasing threat with severe thunderstorms observed somewhere across northern Maine about every other year during the month of may. 

Here are the temperature and precipitation outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center (http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/)  for the month of May:

 


 

MAY: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 WARMEST (AVERAGE TEMPERATURES):

57.2  DEGREES 1999

57.1 1960

56.7 1989

56.4 2001

56.2 1998

 

MAY: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 COLDEST (AVERAGE TEMPERATURES):

42.7 DEGREES 1967

43.7 1956

45.2 1974

46.4 1947

47.2 1945

 

MAY: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 WETTEST

6.27 INCHES 1947

5.81 1948

5.72 1984

5.51 2013

5.29 2009

 

MAY: CARIBOU’S TOP SNOWIEST:

10.9 INCHES 1967

8.2 1966

5.7 1996

4.4 1941

4.2 1974

 

MAY: CARIBOU’S TOP 5 DRIEST

0.47 INCH 1982

0.64 1959

0.67 1950

0.74 1977

1.01 1944

 

…MAY STATISTICS…

….TEMPERATURES (1981-2010 NORMALS)

AVERAGE HIGH……………………….....................................62.5

AVERAGE LOW………...........................................................40.5

MONTHLY AVERAGE…………………………………………..51.5

AVERAGE # OF DAYS W/LOWS < 32F……………………..4 (3.5)

AVERAGE # OF DAYS W/HIGHS > 70F…………………….7

AVERAGE # OF DAYS W/HIGHS > 80F…………………….1

 

 

PRECIPITATION

MONTHLY AVERAGE………………………………………….....3.33 INCHES

AVERAGE DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION….....14

LARGEST 24 HOUR RAINFALL……………………..…………..2.25, INCHES 1948

AVERAGE SNOWFALL…………………………………………..0.5 INCH

MOST SNOWFALL………………………………………………..10.9 INCHES, 1967

 

MISCELLANEOUS MAY AVERAGES…

NORMAL HEATING DEGREE DAYS………………………..…423

NORMAL COOLING DEGREE DAYS……………………….…5

MEAN WIND SPEED…………………………………………….8.4 MPH

AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS W/DENSE FOG…………..…1

MEAN NUMBER OF CLOUDY DAYS………………………….18

 

SUNRISE AND SUNSET

MAY 1ST………………………………………………..………..….5:17 AM/7:42 PM

MAY 31ST  .…………………………………………….…………..4:42 AM/8:18 PM

GAIN OF DAYLIGHT……………………………………….……....1 HOUR & 11 MINUTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                              CB, 4/25/14