Average Weather in May in Garden City Kansas, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 9°F, from 73°F to 83°F, rarely falling below 60°F or exceeding 94°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 11°F, from 46°F to 57°F, rarely falling below 36°F or exceeding 65°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Garden City typically range from 66°F to 93°F, while on January 3, the coldest day of the year, they range from 20°F to 44°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 Garden City experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 36% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 66% of the time.
For reference, on February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 44%, while on July 4, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 75%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Garden City, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 21% and ending it at 31%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 34% on July 29, and its lowest chance is 5% on January 12.
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 Garden City is increasing, starting the month at 1.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.5 inches or falls below 0.4 inches, and ending the month at 2.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.4 inches or falls below 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Garden City, 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, 34 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 47 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Garden City is 6:47 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 24 minutes earlier at 6:23 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:34 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 25 minutes later at 8:59 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Garden City 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 6:21 AM and sets 14 hours, 48 minutes later, at 9:09 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:55 AM and sets 9 hours, 32 minutes later, at 5:27 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 Garden City is essentially constant during May, remaining within 1% of 1% throughout.
For reference, on July 27, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 21% of the time, while on October 28, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
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 Garden City is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 12.2 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 8, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.0 miles per hour, while on December 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.3 miles per hour.
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 Garden City typically lasts for 5.9 months (179 days), from around April 22 to around October 17, rarely starting before April 3 or after May 10, and rarely ending before September 26 or after November 6.
The month of May in Garden City is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 74% to 100% over the course of the month.
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 Garden City are increasing during May, increasing by 416°F, from 388°F to 804°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 Garden City is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 7.1 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Garden City are 37.972 deg latitude, -100.873 deg longitude, and 2,848 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Garden City is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 89 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,840 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (249 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,312 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Garden City is covered by artificial surfaces (49%), grassland (27%), and cropland (19%), within 10 miles by cropland (72%) and grassland (25%), and within 50 miles by cropland (72%) and grassland (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Garden 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 is only a single weather station, Garden City Regional Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Garden City.
At a distance of 14 kilometers from Garden City, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Garden City according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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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