Although temperatures on 5/13 and 5/15 were unseasonably warm (mid-80s), today's temperatures were at seasonable levels. Rain moved in as evening approached and it fell heavily between 9-11:00 when two inches was measured. In total 2.55" fell, and it was over before midnight. This rainstorm, which was a record for the date (until 1978), accounted for two-thirds of the month's rain. (Meanwhile, back in Pittsburgh I was born in the pre-dawn hours.)
The biggest rainstorm of the year dumped 3.58" of rain thru 4:00 AM on 5/15. It came down heaviest between 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM when 2.53" fell. The 3.38" that fell today was a record for the date.
0.51" of rain thundered down in 20 minutes during a nighttime thunderstorm (11:25-11:45 PM).
Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures were Mother Nature's gift to me on my 40th birthday (high/low of 70°/49°).
The 0.05" of rain that fell between 1:00 and 2:30 AM was the first precipitation on this date in 11 years.
Today was my 50th birthday, and the high/low of 70°/49° was the same as it was on my 40th birthday.
This morning's low of 42° was the chilliest reading of the month. Today was also the eleventh day this year with a mean temperature ten degrees or below average - one more than all of last year.
Today was the third day in a row with gloomy, rainy and chilly conditions. 70% of the past 40 days reported measurable rainfall in Central Park, twice as many days as is typical (28 vs. 14). However, seven of these days accounted for about three-fourths of the 8.55" of rain measured in this period. During lunchtime today the temperature rose out of the 40s for the first time since daybreak on 5/12, a span of 56 hours. Then after just a few hours in the 50s the temperature once again dropped into the 40s.