May rainfall ranks in top 10, area way ahead on rainfall for year

It’s a phrase we’ve heard over and over in the past 10-12 years in the Twin Lakes Area: “we are above normal for rainfall year to date.” And this year is no different.

As we head into June, once again we are well above average in rainfall for the first five months of the year and the rainfall for the month of May ranks in the top ten May rainfalls of all time.

At the KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot studios, the official reporting station in Mountain Home for the National Weather Service, we have recorded 30.61 inches of rain so far in 2022. The average rainfall through the first five months is 22.87, meaning we are 7.74 inches above normal for the year.

The month of May helped boost that total as over one third of the year-to-date total was recorded in the month. A total of 10.92 inches of rain fell in May, making it the fifth wettest May ever in Mountain Home history. The 10.92 inches was 5.24 inches above the average monthly total of 5.68 inches.

May had 14 days where rain fell in Mountain Home, five of which were totals over one inch. The heaviest rainfall was on the third when 2.78 inches was recorded, setting a new daily record for the date.

In addition to all of the rain, three record high temperatures were tied of set in the month of May. On the 11th, the high of 90 tied the old record. New records were set on both the 12th and 13th when the temperature got to 91 degrees. The coldest temperature was 46 on the fourth.

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