April Climate Recap
Coming out of a slightly warmer than average month of March, April returned to the slightly below average temperatures that marked the first couple of months of 2022. As typical for spring, temperatures varied from above normal to below normal as fronts crossed the region. By mid-month, the first 80s of the year arrived, though a front dropped highs back into the 60s for a few days before returning to the 80s again. The multiple frontal passages resulted in a wet month as well, with precipitation above normal, even during the wettest month of the year. Five days recorded more than a half inch of rain, while thunderstorms on the 13th dropped over two inches.
Multiple days with thunderstorms resulted in scattered damage reports over the course of the month. The main event for the month occurred on the afternoon and evening of the 13th with multiple reports of wind damage, including trees downed, a funnel cloud sighting in West Memphis that prompted a Tornado Warning, and a few reports of flooding due to more than two inches of rain falling.
Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN
Average temperature: 62.6 degrees (0.6 degrees below average)
Average high temperature: 72.8 degrees (0.6 degrees below average)
Average low temperature: 52.4 degrees (0.6 degrees below average)
Warmest temperature: 84 degrees (24th, 29th)
Coolest temperature: 36 degrees (1st)
Heating Degrees Days: 135 (5 above average)
Cooling Degree Days: 70 (6 below average)
Records set or tied: None
Monthly total: 6.62" (0.75" above average)
Days with measurable precipitation: 11 (0.5 days above average)
Wettest 24-hour period: 2.72" (12th-13th)
Records set or tied: None
Peak wind: South/42 mph (10th)
Average wind: 9.9 mph
Average relative humidity: N/A
Average sky cover: N/A
Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport.
Cirrus Weather Solutions / MemphisWeather.net, Bartlett, TN
Average temperature: 61.1 degrees
Average high temperature: 73.4 degrees
Average low temperature: 49.6 degrees
Warmest temperature: 85.9 degrees (29th)
Coolest temperature: 32.6 degrees (1st)
Monthly total: 5.97" (automated rain gauge), 6.19"(manual CoCoRaHS rain gauge)
Days with measurable precipitation: 11
Wettest date: 2.59" (13th) (via automated gauge)
Peak wind: Southwest/34 mph (12th)
Average relative humidity: 65%
Average barometric pressure: 30.01 in. Hg
Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.
MWN Forecast Accuracy
MWN average temperature error: 2.14 degrees
MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 64%
MWN average dewpoint error: 2.82 degrees
MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 52%
MWN's forecasts extend out five periods (2.5 days, or roughly 60 hours). Historical accuracy statistics can be found here.
Climate Outlook - May 2022
The May climate outlook for the United States from the Climate Prediction Center is shown below. Above average temperatures are forecast for much of the southern tier and up the east coast with strongest chances in the Southern Plains into New Mexico. Below average temperatures are expected for the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains to Upper Midwest. Odds favor near average temperatures for Memphis. The average temperature for May is 72.1 degrees.
Precipitation is expected to be above normal across the northern U.S. from the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest, as well as into the Central Plains. Below average precipitation is forecast for the central Pacific coast into the intermountain west, Four Corners, and then into the Rio Grande Valley. For Memphis, odds favor near average precipitation, which historically averages 5.27 inches in May.