Average Weather in May in Traverse City Michigan, United States
In Traverse City, the month of May is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 11°F, from 60°F to 71°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 84°F or dropping below 46°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 10°F, from 40°F to 49°F, rarely falling below 30°F or exceeding 61°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Traverse City typically range from 61°F to 80°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 16°F to 28°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 Traverse City experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 53% to 48%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 52% of the time.
For reference, on January 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 77%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 68%.
Cloud Cover in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Traverse City, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is gradually increasing, starting the month at 27% and ending it at 30%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on September 22, and its lowest chance is 16% on February 3.
Probability of Precipitation in May
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Traverse City is gradually increasing, starting the month at 2.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.0 inches or falls below 0.9 inches, and ending the month at 2.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.4 inches or falls below 1.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Traverse City, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 4 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 9 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 1 second.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 14 hours, 16 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 15 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Traverse City is 6:31 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 32 minutes earlier at 6:00 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:47 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 33 minutes later at 9:20 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Traverse City 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 5:56 AM and sets 15 hours, 35 minutes later, at 9:31 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:16 AM and sets 8 hours, 48 minutes later, at 5:04 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Traverse City is gradually increasing during May, rising from 0% to 3% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 30, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 22% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
The average hourly wind speed in Traverse City is gradually decreasing during May, decreasing from 6.3 miles per hour to 5.3 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on January 4, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.9 miles per hour, while on July 22, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
Traverse City 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 Traverse City is increasing during May, rising by 6°F, from 38°F to 44°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in May
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Traverse City is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.9 kWh, from 5.7 kWh to 6.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Traverse City are 44.763 deg latitude, -85.621 deg longitude, and 614 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Traverse City contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 351 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 614 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (620 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,234 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Traverse City is covered by artificial surfaces (52%) and water (38%), within 10 miles by trees (32%) and water (27%), and within 50 miles by trees (42%) and water (38%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Traverse City 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Traverse City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Traverse City 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 Traverse City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Traverse City and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .