Temperatures for May 2012 were well above normal at the Dodge City Regional Airport. The average temperature was 69.1 degrees which was 4.9 degrees above normal. This was the 6th warmest May on record. The warmest May was 1962 when the average was 71.1 degrees. The average high temperature was 85.2 degrees and the average low was 53.0 degrees. The highest temperature was 101 degrees on the 25th and the lowest was 39 on the 9th. There were three record highs set in May. The records were set on the 4th (92), 23rd (100) and 25th (101). There was also a record tied for the highest minimum temperature on the 26th when it only got down to 69 degrees.
This spring (March through May) was also the warmest spring on record at Dodge City with an average of 60.2 degrees recorded. This smashed the previous record of 58.5 degrees established in 1977!
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This was also the warmest start to a year with an average temperature of 50.7 degrees observed at Dodge City. The previous warmest start to a year was 50.4 degrees in 2006.
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May 2012 precipitation was only 0.61 inches which was 2.24 inches below normal. This was the 5th driest May on record. The driest is 2004 with 0.25 inches. The highest 24 hour amount was 0.41 inches on the 30th. The total precipitation for the year through May 31st was 7.75 inches which was 0.23 inches above normal.
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No snow fell during the month. The 2011-12 season ended with only 7.7 inches of snow. This was tied for the 14th least snowiest season on record. The least snowiest season was 1903-04 with only 0.2 inches.
The average wind speed was 12.8 mph. The highest wind gust was 58 mph out of the north from thunderstorms that moved through the area on the evening of the 30th.
The total precipitation since the 2012 Water Year started (October 2011 through September 2012) was still in the plus side for Dodge City, which of course is good news.
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Long Term It Is Still Dry
There is still large deficits in observed precipitation across a large part of western Kansas on a longer time period. Since October 1, 2010 the deficit of precipitation at Dodge City was 12.33" through the end of May.