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Chilly and gloomy start to May, but out of the ordinary?

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May 1st High Temperatures (2012-2016) May 1st High Temperatures (2012-2016)
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Springtime in Michigan seems to be one of the most frustrating time of year for residents. After a long winter, we're often longing for the warmer temperatures and longer daylight.

It's also not unusual for us to have a nice stretch of weather during March or April. While nice at the time, it tends to make the large temperature swings even harder to take. We've seen that this year, with a nice week in April of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, only to fall back to the 50s for highs.

As we welcomed the month of May today, the weather was rather drab. Highs only reached the upper 40s and lower 50s with plenty of cloud cover overspreading the area.

While this weather may not have been what we were hoping for, was it out of the ordinary for May 1st? Not quite. In fact, Mother Nature tends to be pretty temperamental when it comes to temperatures to start May.

I did some digging and over the last 5 years, temperatures in Saginaw, Flint, and Houghton Lake have had some pretty large temperature changes from year to year.

For perspective, here are the average highs for each location on May 1st:

  • Saginaw: 63°
  • Flint: 64°
  • Houghton Lake: 60°

Now that you have the normal highs for May 1st, here are the highs for each location over the last 5 years.

  • 2016
    • Saginaw: 51°
    • Flint: 53°
    • Houghton Lake: 51°
  • 2015
    • Saginaw: 72°
    • Flint: 74°
    • Houghton Lake: 72°
  • 2014
    • Saginaw: 53°
    • Flint: 53°
    • Houghton Lake: 51°
  • 2013
    • Saginaw: 84°
    • Flint: 83°
    • Houghton Lake: 84°
  • 2012
    • Saginaw: 55°
    • Flint: 60°
    • Houghton Lake: 65°

While spring temperatures in Michigan tend to fluctuate, it's interesting to see how up and down we've been over the last 5 years. Especially from 2013 to 2014, where highs changed 30 degrees from the 80s in 2013 to the 50s in 2014.

So while temperatures today aren't "normal", falling 10-15° below our average this time of year, large changes in temperatures during Michigan springs are certainly nothing new. That still doesn't make it any easier waiting for those warmer temperatures for the summer lovers!

We'll have to stay tuned to see if next year we keep the pattern going and welcome another warm May 1st.

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