May 2019 Climate Numbers

May was cooler and wetter than average. The average temperatures in eastern Iowa were 2 to 3 degrees below normal. It was even colder to our northwest.

Records Temperatures
May 16 Cedar Rapids: 90 (previous record 90 in 1992/1936/1931)
May 16 Iowa City: 91 (previous record 90 in 2001)


Rain amounts were way above normal. Some locations in eastern Iowa approached 10″ of rain. Southern Iowa rain amounts were 300% above average. Iowa City had measurable rain on 21 days in May.

New Daily Rainfall Records
May 18 Cedar Rapids 2.02″
May 24 Waterloo 2.04″
May 24 Dubuque 2.12″

Mark Schnackenberg

Mark Schnackenberg

Chief Meteorologist
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