The first week of May was quite cool and about normal for precipitation. Ground temperature at night was below zero on two nights, and there were several frost advisories for the area.
The average temperature for the first week of the month was 10.6 degrees Celsius, while the normal is 14.3 degrees Celsius. With temperatures forecast to reach 25-28 degrees Celsius by the week’s end, that deficit is sure to evaporate in the coming week.
The Valley received 18 mm of rain, which is just a shade below normal for this time of year. After the deluge in April, some dry weather has been welcome for farmers and gardeners to get working in the soil. Despite the dryer weather, the soil temperature remains cool and at the bare minimum for corn, ranging between 10-13 degrees celsius (50-55 Fahrenheit). Very little rain is forecast for the next week, so field work should advance well.