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Des Moines, Iowa

Average Temperature Rankings, May 1951

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Period Value 1981-2010
Mean
Anomaly Rank
(1895-2020)
Warmest/Coolest
Since
Record
May 1951
1-Month
63.2°F
(17.3°C)
62.3°F
(16.8°C)
0.9°F
(0.5°C)
52nd Coolest Coolest since: 1950 1947
24th Warmest Warmest since: 1949 2018
Apr–May 1951
2-Month
54.5°F
(12.5°C)
57.0°F
(13.9°C)
-2.5°F
(-1.4°C)
17th Coolest Coolest since: 1950 1961, 1983
59th Warmest Warmest since: 1949 1977
Ties: 1967, 1968
Mar–May 1951
3-Month
45.8°F
(7.7°C)
51.0°F
(10.6°C)
-5.2°F
(-2.9°C)
3rd Coolest Coolest since: 1950 1960
73rd Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Ties: 1950
Feb–May 1951
4-Month
40.7°F
(4.8°C)
45.1°F
(7.3°C)
-4.4°F
(-2.5°C)
7th Coolest Coolest since: 1950 1960
69th Warmest Warmest since: 1949 2012
Jan–May 1951
5-Month
36.8°F
(2.7°C)
40.6°F
(4.8°C)
-3.8°F
(-2.1°C)
12th Coolest Coolest since: 1950 1979
62nd Warmest Warmest since: 1949 2012
Ties: 1996
Dec 1950–May 1951
6-Month
33.9°F
(1.1°C)
38.1°F
(3.4°C)
-4.2°F
(-2.3°C)
7th Coolest Coolest to Date 1979
67th Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Nov 1950–May 1951
7-Month
33.8°F
(1.0°C)
38.2°F
(3.4°C)
-4.4°F
(-2.4°C)
3rd Coolest Coolest to Date 1979
71st Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Ties: 1962
Oct 1950–May 1951
8-Month
37.1°F
(2.8°C)
40.1°F
(4.5°C)
-3.0°F
(-1.7°C)
7th Coolest Coolest to Date 1979
67th Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Ties: 1965, 1996
Sep 1950–May 1951
9-Month
40.2°F
(4.6°C)
42.9°F
(6.1°C)
-2.7°F
(-1.5°C)
8th Coolest Coolest to Date 1979
66th Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Ties: 1969, 1997
Aug 1950–May 1951
10-Month
43.1°F
(6.2°C)
46.1°F
(7.8°C)
-3.0°F
(-1.6°C)
4th Coolest Coolest to Date 1978
70th Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Ties: 1960
Jul 1950–May 1951
11-Month
45.6°F
(7.6°C)
48.8°F
(9.3°C)
-3.2°F
(-1.7°C)
2nd Coolest Coolest to Date 1979
72nd Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Ties: 1962, 1978
Jun 1950–May 1951
12-Month
47.6°F
(8.7°C)
50.7°F
(10.4°C)
-3.1°F
(-1.7°C)
1st Coolest Coolest to Date 1951, 1979
72nd Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2012
Ties: 1979
Dec 1949–May 1951
18-Month
43.2°F
(6.2°C)
46.5°F
(8.1°C)
-3.3°F
(-1.9°C)
2nd Coolest Coolest to Date 1979
69th Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2017
Jun 1949–May 1951
24-Month
48.5°F
(9.2°C)
50.7°F
(10.4°C)
-2.2°F
(-1.2°C)
5th Coolest Coolest to Date 1952, 1979
65th Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2017
Ties: 1960
Jun 1948–May 1951
36-Month
49.0°F
(9.4°C)
50.7°F
(10.4°C)
-1.7°F
(-1.0°C)
8th Coolest Coolest to Date 1952
59th Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2000
Ties: 1961, 1970
Jun 1947–May 1951
48-Month
49.4°F
(9.7°C)
50.6°F
(10.3°C)
-1.2°F
(-0.6°C)
12th Coolest Coolest to Date 1962
53rd Warmest Warmest since: 1950 2002
Ties: 1954, 1960, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1979
Jun 1946–May 1951
60-Month
49.4°F
(9.7°C)
50.7°F
(10.4°C)
-1.3°F
(-0.7°C)
15th Coolest Coolest to Date 1963
48th Warmest Warmest to Date 2002, 2006
Ties: 1954, 1960, 1972

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