Average Weather in May in Rockwell City Iowa, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 68°F to 77°F, rarely falling below 54°F or exceeding 88°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 11°F, from 45°F to 57°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 66°F.
For reference, on July 5, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Rockwell City typically range from 65°F to 84°F, while on January 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from 13°F to 29°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
Almaty, Kazakhstan (6,503 miles away); Yinchuan, China (6,705 miles); and Kujang-ŭp, North Korea (6,216 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Rockwell City (view comparison).
The month of May in Rockwell City experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 48% to 44%.
The clearest day of the month is May 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 57% of the time.
For reference, on December 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 55%, while on July 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 72%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Rockwell City, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is increasing, starting the month at 34% and ending it at 40%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 43% on June 7, and its lowest chance is 8% on January 12.
Probability of Precipitation in May
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Rockwell City is increasing, starting the month at 3.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.6 inches or falls below 1.5 inches, and ending the month at 4.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.0 inches or falls below 1.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Rockwell City, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 59 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 58 seconds, and weekly increase of 13 minutes, 43 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 14 hours, 5 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 15 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Rockwell City is 6:13 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 29 minutes earlier at 5:44 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:18 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 30 minutes later at 8:48 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Rockwell 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 5:41 AM and sets 15 hours, 17 minutes later, at 8:59 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:44 AM and sets 9 hours, 4 minutes later, at 4:48 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Rockwell City is increasing during May, rising from 0% to 7% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 49% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Rockwell City is decreasing during May, decreasing from 12.7 miles per hour to 10.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 12, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.4 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
The growing season in Rockwell City typically lasts for 5.5 months (168 days), from around April 22 to around October 7, rarely starting before April 4 or after May 11, and rarely ending before September 19 or after October 26.
The month of May in Rockwell 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 73% 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 Rockwell City are increasing during May, increasing by 354°F, from 195°F to 549°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Rockwell City is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 5.9 kWh to 6.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Rockwell City are 42.395 deg latitude, -94.634 deg longitude, and 1,214 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Rockwell City is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 62 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,214 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (135 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (712 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Rockwell City is covered by cropland (96%), within 10 miles by cropland (99%), and within 50 miles by cropland (97%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Rockwell 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 are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Rockwell City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Rockwell City 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 Rockwell City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Rockwell City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort Dodge Municipal Airport (38%, 41 kilometers, northeast); Arthur N Neu Airport (38%, 41 kilometers, south); and Storm Lake Municipal Airport (24%, 55 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .