Local precipitation still below normal

April lived up to its reputation for showers, but a drier-than-usual May conspired to help keep local precipitation below average for the year.

May’s rainfall output was only 2.46 inches, falling short of the 4.12 inches that Mount Airy averages for the fifth month of the year, according to a monthly breakdown from the city’s F.G. Doggett Water Plant. Much of last month’s rain came on a single day, 1.76 inches on May 29.

This was in contrast to April, when the area was pelted by 5.46 inches, well above the monthly average of 3.76 inches. That included 3.12 inches measured on a single day, April 20, which was more than the entire month of May.

As of May 31, total precipitation stood at 15.73 inches for the year, 3.02 inches — or 16.1 percent — below the normal output of 18.75 inches at that point in Mount Airy, where weather records have been kept since 1924.

Measurable rainfall was noted on 15 of April’s 30 days, but only nine days during May.

May was a little warmer than normal for that month, averaging 66.7 degrees compared to the usual monthly figure of 65.8 degrees. The high reading for the month was 89 degrees on May 21, with the low of 40 recorded for both May 3-4.

April was exactly 2 degrees cooler than the usual average for the month (55.6 degrees compared to 57.6 degrees). This was bolstered by a record low being set during the month, 25 degrees on April 6, which undercut the previous low for that date of 26 degrees, established in 2004).

At the other end of the scale, April’s monthly high reading was 82, logged on April 9.

Frost was noted on one day during April, and fog on five. Fog also occurred on eight days last month.