The Dodge City Regional Airport was well below normal for May 2011 as only 0.68 inches of precipitation fell. This was 2.32 inches below normal. The highest 24 hour amount was 0.35 inches on the 18th and 19th. Since January 1st there has only been 3.02 inches of precipitation which was 5.35 inches below normal. This makes this January through May period the 7th driest on record. The last time it was this dry was 1950 when there was 2.54 inches. The driest January through May was way back in 1893 when there was only 1.71 inches of precipitation. May 2011 was tied for the 6th driest on record. May records date back to 1875. The driest May was 2004 with 0.25 inches. There was no snow during the month. The total snowfall for the 2010-2011 season ended with 12.2 inches, which was 9.4 inches below normal. This was the 34th least snowiest season on record.
Temperatures for May were slightly above normal with an average of 64.0 degrees which was 0.2 degrees above normal. The average high was 80.2 degrees which was 4.3 degrees above normal and the average low was 47.7 which was 4 degrees below normal. The highest temperature for the month was 106 degrees on the 29th. That not only set a record high for the day but also for the month of May! The previous highest temperature was 105 degrees on May 16th 1996. Another record was set on May 8th with a high of 100 degrees and another record was tied on the 9th with a high of 97. The lowest temperature was 33 degrees on the 14th.
The average wind speed for May was 14.5 mph. The highest wind gust was 61 mph from the west which occurred on the 24th. This wind event lasted for a couple hours as a pacific cold front moved through.