May 2014 in Topeka was warm and dry compared to normal despite having 6 days with high temperatures below 70° which would be considered below average (Normal high May 1st: 71°). May consisted of 4 days with highs temperatures in the 90s compared to last year with only 1 such day. The warmest day was 92° on the 28th with the coolest temperature of 35° on the 16th. Comparing the first half of the month with the 2nd half the average high was 77° (2013: 70.3°) while the final 15 days of the month averaged a high of 83.5° (2013: 80.3°). Factoring in the lows the average temperature was 67.9° which is 2.9° above average (2013: 64.6°).
As far as precipitation even though there was a chance of storms in northeast Kansas everyday for the final 7-10 days of the month Topeka didn't get much in those opportunities with only 1.63" for the entire month with 0.67" falling on the 12th and 0.51" falling between the 24-26th. This puts May at 3.28" below average and the 9th driest on record. On the other side of the spectrum May 2013 received 6.76".
FINAL REMARKS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
MAY WAS RATHER DRY...PLACING AS THE NINTH DRIEST MAY ON RECORD. WEATHER PATTERNS DURING THE MONTH WERE RATHER SLOW-MOVING...WITH A SEVERAL-DAY STRETCH OF MUCH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND A FEW PERIODS OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...BUT PERSISTENTLY WET CONDITIONS WERE LACKING. THE COLDEST PERIOD OCCURED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH AS AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE ANCHORED IN CANADA SLOWLY MOVED THROUGH AND KEPT NORTH WINDS IN PLACE. LOW TEMPERATURES DIPPED INTO THE MIDDLE 30S ON TWO DAYS...INCLUDING A RECORD LOW OF 36 DEGREES ON MAY 17. SOUTH WINDS AHEAD OF ANOTHER SYSTEM KEPT TEMPERATURES WARM ON MAY 7. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE MEASURED THAT DAY WAS 71 DEGREES...WHICH SET THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PASSED THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE CITY ON MAY 10...PRODUCING HAIL UP TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND CAUSING TREE LIMBS TO FALL FROM 60 MPH WINDS.