May Climate Data for Memphis, TN


May Recap

Temperatures averaged below normal in May by just a bit, with just a couple of days reaching 90 degrees and the mid-month period marked by very cool weather with a few days remaining in the 60s. Precipitation was near average for one of the wetter months of the year, although some areas received much more rain as thunderstorms dropped very heavy rain in localized areas, prompting Flash Flood Warnings on the 1st, 25th, and 26th for parts of the metro. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were also issued for the metro on the 25th and 26th with minor wind damage each day.

For the period of “meteorological spring” – March, April, May – temperatures averaged 64.6 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal) while precipitation totaled 27.24″, or 11.33″ above normal, making spring 2016 the 4th wettest on record. Year to date, the average temperature for Memphis is 1.5 degrees above normal.

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN

Average temperature: 70.5 degrees (1.2 degrees below average)
Average high temperature: 80.1 degrees (1.1 degrees below average)
Average low temperature: 60.8 degrees (1.4 degrees below average)
Warmest temperature: 92 degrees (30th)
Coolest temperature: 49 degrees (6th)
Records set or tied: None
Comments: Three days recorded highs at or above 90 degrees in May. Four days saw low temperatures of 70 degrees as late spring humidity increased by the end of the month.

Monthly total: 5.07″ (0.18″ below average)
Days with measurable precipitation: 14 (3.7 days above normal)
Wettest 24-hour period: 1.37″ (24th-25th)
Records set or tied: None
Comments: Three days recorded more than 1″of rain.

Peak wind: Northwest/39 mph (25th)
Average wind: 7.3 mph
Average relative humidity: 65%
Average sky cover: 60%

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport.

Cirrus Weather Solutions /, Bartlett, TN

Average temperature: 68.8 degrees
Average high temperature: 79.9 degrees
Average low temperature: 58.0 degrees
Warmest temperature: 90.3 degrees (30th)
Coolest temperature: 44.8 degrees (6th)
Comments: None.

Monthly total: 5.64″ (automated rain gauge), 5.76″ (manual CoCoRaHS rain gauge)
Days with measurable precipitation: 12
Wettest date: 2.13″ (20th) (via automated gauge)
Comments: None

Peak wind: 26 mph (24th)
Average relative humidity: 76%

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.

MWN Forecast Accuracy

MWN average temperature error: 1.96 degrees
MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 69%
MWN average dewpoint error: 2.31 degrees
MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 62%

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