Weather forecast for the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival

Since it’s almost May, that must mean it’s time for Memphis in May! And you don’t have to be a rocket scientist (or a seasoned meteorologist) to know that if it’s Beale Street Music Fest weekend, it’s probably going to rain. For all those that have come to expect a “Puddle of Mudd” (and we don’t mean the band) at Tom Lee Park, 2010 likely won’t disappoint!

Unfortunately, after a respite from the severe weather conditions of last weekend, another potent springtime weather system looks to be taking shape for this weekend, and perhaps ALL weekend! High pressure during the mid-week timeframe will give way to a large trough of low pressure that will move towards the Birthplace of the Blues and Home of Rock and Roll by week’s end. Abundant Gulf moisture will stream into the Bluff City on strong southerly wind Thursday and Friday, setting the stage (not the Sam’s Town or Cellular South ones) for thunderstorms to break out sometime Friday, most likely by afternoon. Though computer models are still muddling through exactly how the weekend will play out, we have yet to see one that indicates dry conditions any day during the 3-day festival. It could be a very wet, perhaps stormy, Music Fest! But don’t let that cause “Widespread Panic,” just be prepared to get wet and have a great time!

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Meteorologist Erik Proseus
14 years ago

That would be an interesting climate study. I'll have to take a look! Unofficially, I believe Tim Simpson of WREG-TV indicated that 7 of the past 10 years have had rain,


14 years ago

It would be interesting to know how many times in the last 10 or so years that Memphis in May actually had sunny days. I don't recall a single year where the weather was nice for it.