May 2014 will be remembered for warm air. The month started off chilly but ended with readings above average. Grand Rapids observed the first temperature above 80° for the year on May 8 with a high of 87°, making the day feel more like summer. Temperatures cooled back below average for the middle of the month but ended decidedly warm. The low temperatures for the month were a bit above average. The average low temperature was 48.58° which is 0.79° above average. The high temperatures were slightly warmer than normal. The average high was 70.10° which is 0.60° above average. The average temperature for the month, which includes both the highs and lows, was 59.34° which is 0.69° above average. This is the first time in six months where the average temperature is above normal.
The May precipitation was slightly below average. Grand Rapids observed 3.31 inches, which was 0.67 inches below average. Most of the rain fell in the first half of the month with nearly 40% of the total monthly precipitation falling in just one day.
The observed sunshine was above average with 62.7% of possible sunshine. In a typical May we see 57% so that makes last month 5.7% above average.
See the images on the top of this story for more on the May weather.
Some of the cold air from the winter and spring may return for June.
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