May comes in cooler, wetter than average


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Clouds, rain, and cooler temperatures have all been slow to budge out of West Michigan this spring. May is nearly done and the month is coming in cooler and wetter than usual.

So far, May is coming in a whole 2.8 degrees cooler than usual. That may not sound like a lot, but it is a decent shift downward from our monthly normal.

This is the fifth month in a row we’ve been cooler than average, too. This winter, one of the cloudiest ever on record, boasting a mere 16% possible sunshine.

May has followed that gloomy trend. Usually the month features about 56% of possible sunshine. This year, the Grand Rapids station has only received 34% possible sunshine.

There have been only five days without rain this month. So far, several counties have seen a good 0.5 inches to 2 inches more rain than usual this month.

That isn’t a shockingly high amount, but because of the cooler temperatures and more cloud cover, the rain that has fallen has been slower to evaporate.



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