Average Weather in May in Cottonwood Alabama, United States
In Cottonwood, the month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 6°F, from 82°F to 88°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 94°F or dropping below 74°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 8°F, from 61°F to 69°F, rarely falling below 51°F or exceeding 74°F.
For reference, on July 16, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Cottonwood typically range from 74°F to 91°F, while on January 17, the coldest day of the year, they range from 42°F to 61°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
The month of May in Cottonwood experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 38% to 44%.
The clearest day of the month is May 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 62% of the time.
For reference, on July 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 57%, while on October 27, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 67%.
Cloud Cover in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Cottonwood, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 25% and ending it at 37%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 58% on July 30, and its lowest chance is 18% on October 15.
Probability of Precipitation in May
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Cottonwood is increasing, starting the month at 3.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.7 inches or falls below 0.8 inches, and ending the month at 3.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.5 inches or falls below 1.1 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 3.0 inches on May 9.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Cottonwood, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 38 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 15 seconds, and weekly increase of 8 minutes, 46 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 24 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 1 minute of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Cottonwood is 5:56 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 18 minutes earlier at 5:38 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 7:20 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 19 minutes later at 7:39 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Cottonwood during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during May, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:38 AM and sets 14 hours, 10 minutes later, at 7:48 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:35 AM and sets 10 hours, 8 minutes later, at 4:43 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Cottonwood is very rapidly increasing during May, rising from 25% to 66% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 23, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 98% of the time, while on January 24, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 2% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
The average hourly wind speed in Cottonwood is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 3.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on March 7, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.4 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
Cottonwood is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Cottonwood is increasing during May, rising by 7°F, from 72°F to 79°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in May
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Cottonwood is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 6.7 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during May is 6.8 kWh on May 19.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cottonwood are 31.049 deg latitude, -85.305 deg longitude, and 148 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Cottonwood is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 92 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 149 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (256 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (587 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Cottonwood is covered by cropland (64%) and trees (29%), within 10 miles by cropland (74%) and trees (20%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and cropland (40%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Cottonwood 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 are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Cottonwood.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Cottonwood according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Cottonwood is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cottonwood and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Marianna Municipal Airport (49%, 26 kilometers, southeast); Dothan Regional Airport (34%, 33 kilometers, northwest); and Early County Airport (16%, 55 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .