Climate at a Glance

National Rankings

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Contiguous U.S.

Precipitation Rankings, May 1953

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Period Value 1901-2000
Mean
Anomaly Rank
(1895-2021)
Wettest/Driest
Since
Record
May 1953
1-Month
3.26"
(82.80mm)
2.91"
(73.91mm)
0.35"
(8.89mm)
98th Driest Driest since: 1952 1934
30th Wettest Wettest since: 1946 2019
Ties: 1989
Apr–May 1953
2-Month
6.22"
(157.99mm)
5.43"
(137.92mm)
0.79"
(20.07mm)
109th Driest Driest since: 1952 1934
19th Wettest Wettest since: 1944 1957
Mar–May 1953
3-Month
8.83"
(224.28mm)
7.94"
(201.68mm)
0.89"
(22.60mm)
101st Driest Driest since: 1952 1925
27th Wettest Wettest since: 1945 1957, 1991
Feb–May 1953
4-Month
10.89"
(276.61mm)
10.07"
(255.78mm)
0.82"
(20.83mm)
97th Driest Driest since: 1952 1925
31st Wettest Wettest since: 1945 2019
Ties: 1935, 1993
Jan–May 1953
5-Month
13.53"
(343.66mm)
12.39"
(314.71mm)
1.14"
(28.95mm)
107th Driest Driest since: 1952 1934
21st Wettest Wettest since: 1945 2019
Dec 1952–May 1953
6-Month
15.98"
(405.89mm)
14.73"
(374.14mm)
1.25"
(31.75mm)
104th Driest Driest since: 1952 1931
23rd Wettest Wettest since: 1938 2019
Nov 1952–May 1953
7-Month
18.13"
(460.50mm)
16.96"
(430.78mm)
1.17"
(29.72mm)
98th Driest Driest since: 1952 1934
29th Wettest Wettest since: 1949 1983
Oct 1952–May 1953
8-Month
18.67"
(474.22mm)
19.13"
(485.90mm)
-0.46"
(-11.68mm)
48th Driest Driest since: 1951 1934
79th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Sep 1952–May 1953
9-Month
20.20"
(513.08mm)
21.62"
(549.15mm)
-1.42"
(-36.07mm)
29th Driest Driest since: 1940 1934
98th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Aug 1952–May 1953
10-Month
22.82"
(579.63mm)
24.25"
(615.95mm)
-1.43"
(-36.32mm)
28th Driest Driest since: 1940 1918
99th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Jul 1952–May 1953
11-Month
25.21"
(640.33mm)
27.03"
(686.56mm)
-1.82"
(-46.23mm)
21st Driest Driest since: 1940 1931
106th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Ties: 2002
Jun 1952–May 1953
12-Month
27.41"
(696.21mm)
29.95"
(760.73mm)
-2.54"
(-64.52mm)
14th Driest Driest since: 1940 1934
113th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Dec 1951–May 1953
18-Month
42.99"
(1,091.95mm)
44.70"
(1,135.38mm)
-1.71"
(-43.43mm)
30th Driest Driest since: 1940 1931
96th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Jun 1951–May 1953
24-Month
59.19"
(1,503.43mm)
59.92"
(1,521.97mm)
-0.73"
(-18.54mm)
50th Driest Driest since: 1945 1931
76th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2020
Jun 1950–May 1953
36-Month
88.95"
(2,259.33mm)
89.88"
(2,282.95mm)
-0.93"
(-23.62mm)
50th Driest Driest since: 1941 1955
75th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Jun 1949–May 1953
48-Month
119.19"
(3,027.43mm)
119.78"
(3,042.41mm)
-0.59"
(-14.98mm)
54th Driest Driest since: 1942 1956
70th Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2019
Jun 1948–May 1953
60-Month
150.15"
(3,813.81mm)
149.64"
(3,800.86mm)
0.51"
(12.95mm)
62nd Driest Driest since: 1944 1957
61st Wettest Wettest since: 1952 2020

Citing This Page

  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental information, Climate at a Glance: National Time Series, published November 2021, retrieved on December 1, 2021 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/