May 2019 in Terrace, BC was hot and dry:
- Record tying heat
- Much drier than average
The average May 2019 temperature of 14.2°C is tied with 2015 for the highest average temperature for the month, 3.8°C warmer than the 1971-2000 baseline climate. Average daily temperatures stayed above average for the entire month with some days at the beginning and end of the month approaching daily records (Fig. 1).
The temperature pattern for the year shows an interesting stair-step pattern, as we have switched from one pattern of atmospheric circulation to another almost on a monthly basis (Fig. 1). This has led to well above average temperatures in January and May, well below average temperatures in February, and near average temperatures in March and April (Fig. 2).
May 2019 precipitation totaled 19mm, 39mm below the 1971-2000 average, which is the 7th driest May on record. After a return to average precipitation for April, conditions returned to significantly drier than average in May. Precipitation for the year to date totals 328mm, 66% of normal (Fig. 3).
Check back in early-July for the June update and a half-way-through-2019 synopsis!