Average Weather in May in Xiaoqiao China
Daily high temperatures increase by 4°F, from 83°F to 87°F, rarely falling below 71°F or exceeding 96°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 61°F to 67°F, rarely falling below 53°F or exceeding 74°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Xiaoqiao typically range from 75°F to 97°F, while on January 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from 38°F to 58°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on May. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in May
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The month of May in Xiaoqiao experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 64% to 70%.
The clearest day of the month is May 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 36% of the time.
For reference, on July 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 79%, while on December 6, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 72%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Xiaoqiao, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is gradually increasing, starting the month at 50% and ending it at 53%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 57% on June 10, and its lowest chance is 12% on December 19.
Probability of Precipitation in May
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Xiaoqiao is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 8.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 13.4 inches or falls below 4.6 inches, and ending the month at 9.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 15.4 inches or falls below 5.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Xiaoqiao, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 32 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 4 seconds, and weekly increase of 7 minutes, 30 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 10 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 13 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Xiaoqiao is 5:28 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 16 minutes earlier at 5:12 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 6:38 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 16 minutes later at 6:55 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Xiaoqiao during 2019.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:12 AM and sets 13 hours, 50 minutes later, at 7:03 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:51 AM and sets 10 hours, 27 minutes later, at 5:17 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Xiaoqiao is very rapidly increasing during May, rising from 29% to 57% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 13, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 98% of the time, while on December 27, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Xiaoqiao is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 3.1 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 16, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.3 miles per hour, while on August 25, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.8 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during May is 2.9 miles per hour on May 31.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Xiaoqiao typically lasts for 9.2 months (278 days), from around February 27 to around December 2, rarely starting before January 31 or after March 21, and rarely ending before November 9 or after December 25.
The month of May in Xiaoqiao is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Xiaoqiao are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 681°F, from 965°F to 1,646°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Xiaoqiao is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 5.3 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Xiaoqiao are 26.954 deg latitude, 118.466 deg longitude, and 781 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Xiaoqiao contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,260 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 686 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,213 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (5,837 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Xiaoqiao is covered by trees (44%), grassland (31%), and shrubs (16%), within 10 miles by trees (67%) and grassland (16%), and within 50 miles by trees (65%) and grassland (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Xiaoqiao year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Fuzhou Changle International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Xiaoqiao.
At a distance of 165 kilometers from Xiaoqiao, further than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed insufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records. Consequently, the station records are blended with interpolated values from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis , and both are corrected for elevation differences according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
The weight assigned to the MERRA-2 value depends on the distance from Xiaoqiao to the nearest station, increasing from 0% at 150 kilometers to 100% at 200 kilometers. In this case, the MERRA-2 weight is 23%, making the weight assigned to the weather station 77%.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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