Average Weather in May in Lester Prairie Minnesota, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 64°F to 74°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 85°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 11°F, from 43°F to 54°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 63°F.
For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Lester Prairie typically range from 63°F to 83°F, while on January 21, the coldest day of the year, they range from 7°F to 23°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 Lester Prairie experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 50% to 45%.
The clearest day of the month is May 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 55% of the time.
For reference, on February 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 60%, while on July 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 73%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Lester Prairie, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is increasing, starting the month at 31% and ending it at 37%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 41% on June 14, and its lowest chance is 7% on February 4.
Probability of Precipitation in May
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Lester Prairie is increasing, starting the month at 2.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.9 inches or falls below 1.2 inches, and ending the month at 3.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.4 inches or falls below 1.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Lester Prairie, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 5 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 10 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 9 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 14 hours, 16 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 15 hours, 21 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Lester Prairie is 6:05 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 32 minutes earlier at 5:33 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:21 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 33 minutes later at 8:54 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Lester Prairie 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 5:29 AM and sets 15 hours, 36 minutes later, at 9:06 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:50 AM and sets 8 hours, 47 minutes later, at 4:37 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Lester Prairie is gradually increasing during May, rising from 0% to 4% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 37% of the time, while on November 11, 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 Lester Prairie is decreasing during May, decreasing from 11.8 miles per hour to 10.3 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 12.4 miles per hour, while on August 2, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
The growing season in Lester Prairie typically lasts for 5.3 months (162 days), from around April 26 to around October 4, rarely starting before April 7 or after May 14, and rarely ending before September 16 or after October 23.
The month of May in Lester Prairie 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 64% 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 Lester Prairie are increasing during May, increasing by 287°F, from 123°F to 409°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Lester Prairie is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 5.8 kWh to 6.5 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 Lester Prairie are 44.884 deg latitude, -94.042 deg longitude, and 988 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lester Prairie is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 82 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 983 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (167 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (817 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lester Prairie is covered by cropland (86%), within 10 miles by cropland (96%), and within 50 miles by cropland (76%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lester Prairie 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lester Prairie.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lester Prairie 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 Lester Prairie is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lester Prairie and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Glencoe Municipal Airport (54%, 15 kilometers, south); Hutchinson Municipal Airport (21%, 27 kilometers, west); Buffalo Municipal Airport (15%, 34 kilometers, northeast); and Flying Cloud Airport (10%, 45 kilometers, east).
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.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .