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Answers to why it is so cold for the month of May

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Alabamians are used to the wacky weather in the summer, but a late spring chill is something to talk about.  Reaching for the jacket heading out to Mother's day dinner is a bit unusual and we did break some records.  Here's what happened…

A large, cold core upper low covered the Deep South in early May this year. The upper level low pressure system was responsible for the wet and unusually cold weather pattern across our area from May 4th through May 6th. 

It all began with a surface front that pushed eastward across the State on Friday May 3rd.  Check out some of these records recorded by the NWS!

Minimum High Temperature Records

Date

Location

High Temp

Previous Record/Date

May 4th

Birmingham

60

60 (1967,1921)

May 5th

Birmingham

59

60 (1917)

 

*Tuscaloosa

58

68 (1960, 1957)

May 6th

Birmingham

61

61 (1992)

 

Montgomery

65

65 (1992)

 

Anniston

58

62 (1992)

 

 

NWS:  Tuscaloosa also set a new all-time record minimum high temperature for the month of May with its high temperature reading of 58 degrees on May 5th. This broke the previous record of 61 set on 5/13/1971, 5/3/1970, 5/12/1960, and 5/6/1958.

 

Image Credit:  NWS

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