Washington State University’s weather monitoring network AgWeatherNet recorded varying patterns in May 2013, according to a release. Data collected during the month show that the beginning was too hot, the end too cool and the middle just right.
Rapid warming in the first days of May yielded 90-degree temperatures for six days in a row. Seasonally pleasant weather moved in for the middle part of May before a cold front beginning May 21 led to record-low temperatures in some places.
The weather’s fickle turns affected farming communities in the state. The early warmth stressed dryland crops in need of water, while the late cooling was beneficial to Washington’s wheat crop.