Average Weather in May in Taulaga American Samoa
Daily high temperatures are around 83°F, rarely falling below 82°F or exceeding 85°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 83°F on May 8.
Daily low temperatures are around 82°F, rarely falling below 81°F or exceeding 84°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 82°F on May 19.
For reference, on April 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Taulaga typically range from 82°F to 83°F, while on August 10, the coldest day of the year, they range from 81°F to 82°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 Taulaga experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 71% to 64%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 36% of the time.
For reference, on December 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 88%, while on August 31, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 56%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Taulaga, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 40% and ending it at 38%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 64% on January 7, and its lowest chance is 25% on September 2.
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 Taulaga is essentially constant, remaining about 4.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 8.0 inches or falling below 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Taulaga, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is May 31, with 11 hours, 31 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 1, with 11 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The earliest sunrise of the month in Taulaga is 6:30 AM on May 1 and the latest sunrise is 6 minutes later at 6:36 AM on May 31.
The latest sunset is 6:12 PM on May 1 and the earliest sunset is 5 minutes earlier at 6:07 PM on May 29.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Taulaga during 2018.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:59 AM and sets 12 hours, 47 minutes later, at 6:45 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:41 AM and sets 11 hours, 29 minutes later, at 6:10 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 Taulaga is essentially constant during May, remaining around 100% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
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 Taulaga is rapidly increasing during May, increasing from 10.0 miles per hour to 12.8 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 29, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 15.1 miles per hour, while on April 19, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
Taulaga 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 Taulaga is essentially constant during May, remaining around 85°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature 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).
Temperatures in Taulaga are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
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 Taulaga are very rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 986°F, from 9,763°F to 10,750°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 Taulaga is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 4.5 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during May is 4.4 kWh on May 31.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Taulaga are -11.055 deg latitude, -171.088 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Taulaga is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 75 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (75 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (75 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Taulaga is covered by water (100%), within 10 miles by water (100%), and within 50 miles by water (100%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Taulaga year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Taulaga is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Taulaga, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
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.
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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