Number crunching time.
At the end of every month I love to go back and write up a little summary to see how the 30-31 days shaped up to the 'averages.' May 2012 continued a streak of warmer-than-average weather in the Burlington area. The statistics below are for the Burlington International Airport, in which data goes back more than 100 years.
May 2012 was the 14th consecutive month with above-average temperatures at the airport. The current stretch of April 2011 to May 2012 ties the longest 'warmer-than-average' stretch the airport has had. The previous record was set in August 1998 to September 1999. Since April 2011 the Burlington area has been about 4 degrees warmer than average. In fact, since November 2009, there have only been 5 months (out of 31) with below average temperatures (stats courtesy Scott Whittier of the National Weather Service - Burlington).
Here's how the May 2012 numbers have stacked up. It was a warm and wet month, with temperatures averaging about 5 degrees warmer than the previous 30 years, and rainfall coming in at almost an inch above average too.
Some other notables from the month of May, courtesy the National Weather Service in Burlington, VT:
Warmest Days: May 20, 29 = 88°
Coldest Nights: May 6, 7 = 34°
Clear Days: 9
Cloudy Days: 9
Partly Cloudy Days: 13
Days with at least 0.01" precip: 14
Highest wind average: May 25 @ 14.9 mph
Highest wind speed: May 8th @ 44 mph
Wettest Day: May 8th with 1.23"
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier