May ending with record heat; six days in the 90s

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With temperatures reaching into the 90s throughout the Memorial Day weekend, the Benson Swimming Pool was a popular place to cool off for kids, and adults.

Are we looking at a repeat of 1988?

 

Only one other time since the City of Benson started recording daily temperature records in 1953 has there been a May with more than three high temperatures in the 90s.

It was 1988, which saw six days in May with highs ranging from 90 to 94 degrees. They were the first of what would be 48 days of 90 or higher temperatures, including 11 days with highs reaching between 100 to 104 degrees that summer.

May 2018 has nearly equaled 1988’s mark with five consecutive days reaching into the 90 degrees – May 24 to May 28. The forecast for Tuesday was a high near 90, which would make it six, tying 1988. Whether or not this month was an anomaly, or if it signals a repeat of 1988 is a story that will play out in the coming months.

Ninety-degree temperatures in May happen only 44 percent of the time based on local records. Twenty-six percent of the time there is just one high in the 90s and 12 percent of the years between 1953 and 2018 have seen two.

Twice there have been months of May with three 90-degree highs, 2006 and 2010.

The two years of May with three highs reaching the 90s are split as indicators of an exceptionally hot summer. In 2010, there were 15 days with highs in the 90s, one above the annual average of 14. However, 2006 saw 30 days reach into the 90s including three days with temperatures of 100, 102, and 104 degrees. May 2006 also has the all-time high temperature for the month at 99 degrees recorded on the 28th.

There hasn’t been a 100-degree temperature in Benson since the 104 degree high recorded, July 31, 2006. There was one 99-degree high in 2007 and two in 2012. The warmest high since 2012 has been the 97-degree high recorded July 17 last year.

Both 1988 and 2006 saw three or more May highs in the 90s and recorded highs in the 100s – could this be there year we see a 100-degree reading?

In the Twin Cities, where they have 146 years of weather records, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has found that there is a correlation between multiple 90-degree days in May and a hot summer.

“We find that years with multiple 90-degree days during May have tended to be followed by summers that also have relatively high numbers of 90-degree days,” the DNR’s Climate Journal reports....

 

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Pictured: With temperatures reaching into the 90s throughout the Memorial Day weekend, the Benson Swimming Pool was a popular place to cool off for kids, and adults.
 

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