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May temperatures show above-average numbers

June 2, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The Tri-State area joins a national weather trend as the National Weather Service has reported above-average temperatures for the month of May in the area.

This May’s average temperature was 72.5 degrees, 8.2 degrees higher than the all-time average for the month. The NWS has been recording data at the Huntington Tri-State Airport since 1961.

James Zvolensky at the National Weather Service in Charleston said the numbers do not look out of the ordinary and that the area has been on a warming trend the past two years. The average temperature in May was 64.8 for 2017 and 63.6 in 2016.

This year’s average temperature is less than a degree higher than the second-highest recorded May average, which was in 1991 with an average temperature of 71.8 degrees. That year also saw the highest recorded single temperature in May for the area at 93 degrees.

This month’s highest single temperature was 91 degrees, recorded on May 15. These temperatures are higher than the average maximum temperatures recorded for May at 88.3 degrees.

For comparison, the lowest maximum temperature recorded in the month of May was 81 degrees in 1988.

Other areas around West Virginia have come close to record-breaking May temperatures, with the NWS reporting Wheeling’s average temperature at 69 degrees, breaking the 67.1-degree record set in 1944. Morgantown’s average this year was 69.3, just one-tenth of a degree away from its 69.4-degree record, also set in 1944.

Cities across the United States also broke several temperature records during the month of May. Weather.com reports Minneapolis as having its earliest yearly temperatures breaking 100 degrees during May, as well as more than 1,900 additional temperature records being set across the nation.

The NWS’s Climate Prediction Center reports an approximately 33 percent chance for above-average temperatures during the months of June, July and August for the area, as well as an approximately 40 to 50 percent chance that precipitation will exceed normal averages.