Posted by: senorwx | May 31, 2015

May Be Hot

The North Beach at San Pancho, Mexico

The North Beach at San Pancho, Mexico

The merry month of May was a humid and hot month of May in San Pancho this year.

Conventional wisdom around town was that it was hotter than previous years and that’s true. I also think that those of us staying for the beginning of summer got it early and were tired of it already sensitive to it because the warm weather really started in June.

The high temperature for May (as of this writing, the 28th) was 92.4 F, 1.5 degrees warmer than last year and five or more degrees above a “normal” May. Overnight lows were slightly cooler, resulting in an average daily temperature of 79.3, just about the same as last year, but 3 to 5 degrees higher than any other May on record (2008-2014).

Maximum Heat Index reading was 103.1 F, exceeded only by last year’s 108.5 F. All other years were 100 F or below. The average daily heat index was 82.7 F, with last year’s 86.1 the highest on record. Normal range is 77 to 80 F.  I guess we’d all forgotten how hot last May felt. As I’ve mentioned here before, our memories are very good at recalling weather conditions unless it’s a major weather event like a hurricane.

This year we had the unusual event of rain in March…2 inches…in a month that has no other rain recorded since 2008. April has no rain recorded since 2008. And we’ve made it through May (as I write this) without rain, while north of us Texas and Oklahoma have been drenched. Usually May brings a half to three quarters of an inch. Half the time. May 2013, 2011 and 2010 had no rain.

Standby for June rain here on the coast, anywhere from 2 to 12 inches. Last year: 11.84 inches (remember that? I don’t!).  We’re more likely to have precipitation in the 2 – 5 inch range.

The official beginning of the 2015 Hurricane season started mid-month and runs through the end of November. Depending on which predictions you read, it could be a busy season. Or not. Seems the consensus is for two or three significant storms of hurricane strength for the Eastern Pacific Region. In any case, May 24-30 was the official Hurricane Preparedness Week in the States. Bottled water, flashlights, portable radio, etc. It’s not a bad idea anytime of year here in San Pancho by the sea.

Here are a few useful and informative links if you’d like to prep yourself for whats to come, including the list of names for 2015. There are actually six of these lists and NOAA rotates through them again after every six years. The first named storm of the season, Andres, is already out there in the Pacific and is expected to remain well out to sea.

These are the links I found in a brief and I’m sure you can Google™ many, many more. I’ll keep them posted on the San Pancho Weather Station home page so you can refer to them during the summer.

National Hurricane Center – the motherlode of information assembled by NOAA at the Miami Hurricane Center. BTW: the National Weather Service email subscription service was discontinued due to “physical challenges” in 2013, so don’t bother looking for a place to subscribe anywhere on the NOAA site. NOAA was paying a private company to email the alerts. (Is managing a mailing list something beyond the pay grade of people at NOAA?). I’m checking some private links that have picked up the alert information and are delivering it without cost. I’ll get back to you on this.

National Hurricane Center Twitter account – for those tweeters out there

Stormpulse – One of the more attractive and easy to use storm tracking sites with an archive for each tropical storm

Weather Channel – great article about the impact of our Eastern Pacific storms on the US mainland

Eastern North Pacific Names – just scroll down to the six years of names list

Greg Laden’s Blog – you’ll have to scroll down for his Hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific entry, but it’s worth reading.

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