A smattering of rain helped May end on a damp note, but the precipitation for the rest of the month wasn't enough for a short medley.
Lawrence received 0.31 of an inch of rain between 7 a.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. today, bringing the monthly total of rain to 1.64 inches. That's 2.58 inches less than the monthly average of 4.22 inches.
May marked the first month since September 1991 that the monthly precipitation was less than average. The dry conditions brought the year-to-date precipitation total to 11.75 inches, which is 0.60 of an inch less than the 12.35 inches the city normally receives by the end of May. Lawrence entered May almost 2 inches ahead of the average precipitation.
The wettest day in May was the 13th, when 0.74 of an inch of rain was recorded. Measurable rainfall fell on eight days during the month, with a trace recorded on three other days.
Last week's cool snap also dropped the average high temperature for the month below normal. The average high temperature was recorded at 72.9 degrees, or 4.5 degrees less than the norm of 77.4 degrees. The morning low temperatures came in at 55.9 degrees, almost even with the average of 55.1 degrees.
The warmest reading of the month was 84 degrees on the 12th and 16th. The 40-degree low on May 6 was the coolest temperature of the month. No temperature records were set during the month, although the mercury flirted with new low temperatures several times during last week's unseasonable weather.
May featured eight days with highs in the 80s, 14 days in the 70s, six days in the 60s and three days in the 50s.
June traditionally is Lawrence's wettest month, with an average of 5.49 inches of rain. The average temperature range is 85.9 degrees and 64.3 degrees.