A look back at the crazy month of May 2013

Well...it’s now June. Did May seem like the longest month ever? I kind of feel that way, and I think the weather had a big part in that. May 2013 will be a month we probably will never forget here in Western Wisconsin. The weather was taking twists and turns throughout the month, and it all started off with a big bang! Here’s a look back…

It was a rare and record breaking snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow in some places and shattered records in Western Wisconsin. Eau Claire picked up a whopping 9.3” of snow. We average only 0.2” of snow in May. It was easily the biggest May snow and the snowiest May on record in Eau Claire. Below is a look at the snow totals from across Western Wisconsin. It was probably one of the most memorable and craziest weather events I’ve seen so far in my career. It was nuts!

The snowstorm put us in quite the deficit when it came to temperatures at the beginning of the month. We spent two days only in the mid 30s for high temperatures. That put us in an average temperature deficit for the month at around 9 or 10 degrees below normal. Things changed quickly, and the month would only get weirder. As quickly as the snow came, it was gone. Three days after the snow ended, we climbed into the mid 70s in Eau Claire. The next two days were spent in the 80s.
After that warm up and taste of summer, we got strapped into a weather roller-coaster. Temperatures trended downward, and by the morning of May 13th, we bottomed out at 29 degrees. That was the coldest temperature reached in May. About 36 hours, temperatures would sore! We hit the warmest temperature of the month when we reached 91 degrees for a high temperature on May 14th. It was ridiculous! Temperatures stayed pretty warm until another cool spell got going later in the month. Despite the cold start, we only finished the month 1.8 degrees cooler than average…so not too bad really.

The month of May was more known for being very wet for Eau Claire. We picked up 9.28” in Eau Claire. That’s 5.82” above normal! This made for the second wettest May on record for the city. The rain also came with severe weather, especially, later in the month. The last three days of the month saw severe weather warnings issued for Western Wisconsin. The storms produced wind damage, hail, and even some funnel clouds.

With the end of May, comes the end of meteorological spring. The months of March, April, and May were very wet and very snowy. It was the snowiest spring on record for Eau Claire with over 40” of snow falling. In all, the winter of 2012/2013 produced 84.3” of snow. That’s good for the 3rd snowiest winter on record. This spring was the third wettest for Eau Claire with over 17” of liquid precipitation. For 2013 so far, we have had 20.05” in the rain bucket. That’s just over 10” above normal.

So what about June? Well, it’s going to start off below normal as far as temperatures go. Our active pattern looks to continue with more rain in the forecast. Below is a look at high and low temperature averages for the month. Hopefully, as we get later into the month things will be feeling a little bit more average.

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