Late spring in the Mount Airy area was a wet time overall, and recently released weather statistics attest to just how rainy it was.
The months of May and June have a total of 61 days combined, and measurable precipitation occurred on nearly half of those — 28 days, according to a breakdown from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, the city’s official weather-monitoring station. July has continued that trend with rain having occurred on seven of the month’s 13 days, as of Wednesday morning, for a total of more than 2 inches so far.
May was wetter by far, drenching Mount Airy with 6.66 inches in 18 days of rainfall, with June delivering the goods on 10 of its 30 days for an output of 2.13 inches.
In May, water plant personnel measured 1.70 inches on a single day, May 3, and in June the largest one-day amount was 0.47 inches noted on June 5.
The precipitation total for May eclipsed the 4.12-inch local average for Mount Airy in the fifth month of the year, with June’s figure coming in under the 3.86-inch average for that month.
This contributed to total annual precipitation in Mount Airy of 22.33 inches as of June 30, slightly (0.28 of an inch and 1.2 percent) less than the 22.61 inches this area normally receives for the first six months of the year.
The rainy weather helped keep temperatures on the cooler side, including in May when the mercury averaged 62.3 degrees, more than three degrees under the local average for that month, 65.8.
Two 38-degree readings, coming on both May 17-18, took honors for low temperature for the month, with the high for May, 86 degrees, occurring on May 28.
June’s average temperature of 71.8 degrees also lagged behind the local average for that month of 72.7 degrees.
Included in June’s portfolio was a monthly low of 44 degrees on June 9, while the high point came just three days later when a 93-degree temp was recorded.
Fog was noted on four days in May and five during June.
Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.