May 2013 was a typical Adirondack Spring month with periods of very dry weather followed by heavy rains and even snow in some parts of the area. There were warm temperatures and also a period of very cold readings. The first 10 days of the month were perfect Spring days with daytime temperatures in the 70’s and nighttime temperatures in the 30’s. The most amazing weather event did not occur here but in the High Peaks area where up to 3 feet of snow fell over the Memorial Day Weekend. Some snow was also seen here on Gore Mountain.
The average high temperature was 69.7 degrees and the average low was 42.5 degrees, giving us an average of 56.1 degrees,1.1 degree above average. The highest temperature, 90 degrees, was recorded on the 31st and the lowest temperature, 27 degrees, was recorded on the 14th. The last frost here in Riparius, a 30 degree reading, was recorded on the 16th. The average date for the last frost is May 19th.
Precipitation for the month was 3.35 inches,0.55 inches below normal. This brings our seasonal total to 10.35 inches, 5.89 inches below normal which is only 64% of normal. There was measurable precipitation on 15 days with the greatest amount, 0.70 inches, falling on the 24th.
The river reached its highest level. 6.78 feet, on the 27th and its lowest level, 3.22 inches on the 20th.