Average Weather in May in Rusk Texas, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 6°F, from 79°F to 86°F, rarely falling below 72°F or exceeding 91°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 7°F, from 60°F to 68°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 73°F.
For reference, on August 11, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Rusk typically range from 73°F to 94°F, while on January 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 40°F to 57°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.
The month of May in Rusk experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 39% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 41% on May 15.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 63% of the time.
For reference, on February 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 49%, while on October 5, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 72%.
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 Rusk, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is gradually increasing, starting the month at 32% and ending it at 34%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on June 11, and its lowest chance is 21% on September 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 Rusk is essentially constant, remaining about 4.0 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 7.5 inches or falling below 1.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 4.1 inches on May 17.
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 Rusk, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 39 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 18 seconds, and weekly increase of 9 minutes, 5 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 26 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 5 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
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 Rusk is 6:34 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 19 minutes earlier at 6:16 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:00 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 20 minutes later at 8:20 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Rusk 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 6:15 AM and sets 14 hours, 14 minutes later, at 8:29 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:16 AM and sets 10 hours, 4 minutes later, at 5:20 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 Rusk is very rapidly increasing during May, rising from 30% to 68% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 14, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 92% of the time, while on January 21, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time.
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 Rusk is gradually decreasing during May, decreasing from 6.7 miles per hour to 5.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 2, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.2 miles per hour, while on August 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.8 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 Rusk throughout May is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 62% on May 31.
Wind Direction in May
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).
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 Rusk typically lasts for 8.7 months (268 days), from around March 5 to around November 28, rarely starting before February 5 or after March 29, and rarely ending before November 2 or after December 22.
The month of May in Rusk is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
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 Rusk are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 667°F, from 1,040°F to 1,706°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.
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 Rusk is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 6.5 kWh throughout.
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 Rusk are 31.796 deg latitude, -95.150 deg longitude, and 541 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Rusk contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 338 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 559 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (518 feet). Within 50 miles also contains significant variations in elevation (630 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Rusk is covered by trees (63%) and cropland (35%), within 10 miles by trees (57%) and cropland (33%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and cropland (42%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Rusk 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 Rusk.
The estimated value at Rusk is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Rusk and a given station.
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.
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