May was one for the record books! Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks experienced the warmest May on record while Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford had it’s second warmest May. Not only were there above average temperatures, but there was also below average precipitation. Bradley International Airport had the 5th driest May on record and Sikorsky Memorial Airport had the 6th driest May.
What was the reason for this warm and dry weather?
Throughout the month, our area was being influenced by a strong Bermuda high. This allowed for a southwest flow to draw in warmer air thus causing daily temperatures to be well above average. When Meteorologists mention hazy, hot, and humid (three H’s), typically it is associated with a Bermuda high. When this strong high pressure is in place, it causes the jet stream to shift to our northwest which keeps the region dry from any weather systems and typically warm and humid.
Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT
Monthly Total: 1.33″ (5th driest)
Monthly Normal: 4.35″
Below Normal: -3.02″
Monthly Average: 66.0°F (warmest)
Monthly Normal: 59.5°F
Above Normal: +6.5°F
Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, CT
Monthly Total: 1.15″ (6th driest)
Monthly Normal: 3.80″
Below Normal: -2.65″
Monthly Average: 63.1°F (2nd warmest)
Monthly Normal: 59.1°F
Above Normal: +4.0°F
But how will the rest of spring and the summer shape up? Click here to read the 2015 Summer and Spring predictions. Also, if you’re interested in reading about this years Hurricane Season predictions, click here!
Thanks for reading!
– Meteorology Intern Steven Matregrano