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Average Weather in May in Tonopah Nevada, United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 67°F to 77°F, rarely falling below 55°F or exceeding 87°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 8°F, from 38°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 30°F or exceeding 55°F.

For reference, on July 17, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Tonopah typically range from 57°F to 89°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 19°F to 41°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in May

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Kayseri, Turkey (6,862 miles away) and Borūjen, Iran (7,550 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Tonopah (view comparison).


The month of May in Tonopah experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 34% to 27%.

The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 73% of the time.

For reference, on February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 46%, while on August 17, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 87%.

Cloud Cover Categories in May

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The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.


A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Tonopah, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is essentially constant, remaining around 6% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 8% on February 22, and its lowest chance is 2% on June 20.

Probability of Precipitation in May

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).


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 Tonopah is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 0.3 inches on May 15.

Average Monthly Rainfall in May

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.


Over the course of May in Tonopah, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 50 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 39 seconds, and weekly increase of 11 minutes, 36 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 48 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May

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The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the month in Tonopah is 5:52 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 24 minutes earlier at 5:28 AM on May 31.

The earliest sunset is 7:40 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 25 minutes later at 8:05 PM on May 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Tonopah during 2018, 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 5:26 AM and sets 14 hours, 49 minutes later, at 8:15 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:01 AM and sets 9 hours, 31 minutes later, at 4:32 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May

The solar day over the course of May. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.


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 Tonopah is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in May

dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.


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 Tonopah is gradually decreasing during May, decreasing from 9.1 miles per hour to 8.3 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.4 miles per hour, while on October 11, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in May

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Tonopah throughout May is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 41% on May 10.

Wind Direction in May

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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Growing Season

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 Tonopah typically lasts for 5.0 months (154 days), from around May 10 to around October 11, rarely starting before April 18 or after May 31, and rarely ending before September 21 or after November 1.

During May in Tonopah, the chance that a given day is within the growing season is very rapidly increasing rising from 30% to 90% over the course of the month.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May

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The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Tonopah are increasing during May, increasing by 284°F, from 203°F to 486°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in May

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of May, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 Tonopah is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 7.5 kWh to 8.3 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.


For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tonopah are 38.067 deg latitude, -117.230 deg longitude, and 6,040 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Tonopah contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,342 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,120 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,224 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,300 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Tonopah is covered by shrubs (100%), within 10 miles by shrubs (100%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (91%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Tonopah 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 Tonopah.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Tonopah 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 Tonopah is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Tonopah and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Tonopah Airport (90%, 12 kilometers, east); Bishop Airport (6%, 126 kilometers, southwest); and Naval Air Station Fallon (3.4%, 198 kilometers, northwest).

Other Data

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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