Average Weather in May in Prairie Grove Arkansas, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 7°F, from 73°F to 80°F, rarely falling below 63°F or exceeding 87°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 9°F, from 53°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 70°F.
For reference, on July 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Prairie Grove typically range from 69°F to 90°F, while on January 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 28°F to 47°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 Prairie Grove experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 44% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 46% on May 15.
The clearest day of the month is May 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 57% of the time.
For reference, on February 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 50%, while on October 5, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 70%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Prairie Grove, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is increasing, starting the month at 38% and ending it at 43%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 44% on May 27, and its lowest chance is 16% on January 19.
Probability of Precipitation in May
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Prairie Grove is essentially constant, remaining about 4.8 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 8.1 inches or falling below 2.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 5.0 inches on May 13.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Prairie Grove, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 46 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 32 seconds, and weekly increase of 10 minutes, 43 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 40 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Prairie Grove is 6:24 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 22 minutes earlier at 6:02 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:04 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 23 minutes later at 8:27 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Prairie Grove 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 6:00 AM and sets 14 hours, 36 minutes later, at 8:37 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:23 AM and sets 9 hours, 43 minutes later, at 5:06 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Prairie Grove is very rapidly increasing during May, rising from 6% to 35% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 76% of the time, while on January 10, 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 Prairie Grove is gradually decreasing during May, decreasing from 6.1 miles per hour to 5.2 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on March 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.1 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
The growing season in Prairie Grove typically lasts for 6.7 months (205 days), from around April 7 to around October 29, rarely starting before March 16 or after April 26, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 16.
The month of May in Prairie Grove is very likely fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually increasing from 96% to 100% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
The average accumulated growing degree days in Prairie Grove are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 491°F, from 554°F to 1,045°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Prairie Grove is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 6.3 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Prairie Grove are 35.976 deg latitude, -94.318 deg longitude, and 1,161 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Prairie Grove contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 299 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,152 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,056 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,241 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Prairie Grove is covered by cropland (93%), within 10 miles by cropland (58%) and trees (39%), and within 50 miles by trees (58%) and cropland (37%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Prairie Grove 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Prairie Grove.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Prairie Grove 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 Prairie Grove is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Prairie Grove and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Drake Field (56%, 14 kilometers, east); Smith Field (20%, 29 kilometers, northwest); Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (15%, 34 kilometers, north); Fort Smith Municipal Airport (4.6%, 72 kilometers, south); and Sallisaw Municipal Airport (4.5%, 74 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .