This is the 12th consecutive month of above normal temperatures in Minot, says Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center just south of the city.
The monthly average temperature for May was 54 degrees 0.7 degree above the 106-year longterm average of 53.3 degrees.
Tarasenko records the high and low temperatures each morning at the center and combines them at the end of the month for a monthly average.
He said the moisture for the May was 1.90 inches. "This was a little below the longterm average of 2.33 inches," he said.
The moisture for the period from Jan. 1 through May 31 has been 6.38 inches, he said. He said this compares with 11.30 inches for the same period a year ago.
"There was no snowfall recorded in the month of May," Tarasenko said.
The National Weather Service's forecast for the next days through Sunday is for mostly sunny weather, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms daily. The temperature daily will be in the 70s, according to the weather service.