May brings drier than normal conditions to Worthington

Average high was a bit cooler than what's typical

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Large bumblebee feeds on nectar from a Syringa vulgaris 'Beauty of Moscow' Lilac west of Worthington 06 01 21. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — May was much drier than average in Worthington, according to data provided by the Worthington Wastewater Treatment Plant and the National Weather Service.

The average high temperature recorded locally, meanwhile, was a bit cooler than average compared to the same month in past years.

Highs and lows

Worthington’s average daily high temperature for May 1-31 is 68 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The average daily high this May, meanwhile, was 66.6 degrees, or 1.4 degrees below what’s normal for the month. The record for average maximum temperature in May is 78.6 degrees, which was set back in 1977.

The average daily low temperature in the community for May 1-31 is 45.8 degrees, and that reading was matched this May with a typical low of 45.8. In May 1976, Worthington recorded an average low of 39.4 degrees.

The average high temperature for Worthington during a usual January through May is 42.8 degrees, and the average corresponding low is 23.1 degrees. Corresponding readings for the five-month period in 2021 are 44.4 degrees (1.4 degrees above normal) and 25.3 degrees (2.2 degrees above normal).


The highest temperature recorded during the past month was 86 degrees on May 24. The lowest was 28 degrees on May 11.


A typical May in Worthington sees 4.09 inches of rain and .2 inches of snowfall. This past May, Worthington recorded 2.33 inches of rain and no snow.

For the first five months of 2021, exactly 8 inches of precipitation has been measured, compared to a January-May average of 10.15 inches. The month of June normally brings a total of 5.24 inches of precipitation, which means a good amount of rain will be needed to get us back to normal.

The following days brought precipitation to Worthington in May: 6th (.02); 9th (.12); 15th (.21); 17th (trace); 19th (.02); 20th (.11); 21st (.02); 25th (.49); 27th (.83); 28th (.37); 30th (.12) and 31st (.02).

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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