GLOBAL WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

 

MAY 2001

 

NORTH AMERICA

East-Central

 

Temperatures averaged 2C to 6C (4F-12F) above normal across the northeastern United States and the eastern half of Ontario while temperatures were 5C to 9C (10F-18F) above normal across Quebec. Highs were generally above 30C (86F) along the Atlantic Seaboard and northern Appalachians.

 

Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan

 

Little or no precipitation fell on Montana, southern Alberta, and southwestern Manitoba during the third week.

 

UNITED STATES

Central

 

Rainfall of 4.00"-8.00") fell across parts of eastern Nebraska, north-central Kansas, and central Iowa. 

 

Eastern and Southern 

 

Little or no rain fell on the United States east of the Mississippi River this The first week as very dry weather continued to dominate the region.

 

Western

 

Temperatures averaged 2C to 6C (4F-12F) above normal, with highs ranging from 30C to 38C (86F-100F).

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Central and Southern 

 

Temperatures averaged 2C to 6C (4(F-12(F) below normal across South America from southern Bolivia to central Argentina. Subfreezing temperatures were reported as far north as southern Cordoba while the mercury dropped below 10C (50(F) across all of Uruguay and Argentina. Highs generally remained below 30C (86(F) across the region.

 

East-Central 

 

Heavy rains returned to southern Brazil and to northern and eastern Uruguay during the first week. Scattered heavy rains of 100 to 200 mm (4.00"-8.00") also soaked parts of northwestern Cordoba province of Argentina while 25 to 100 mm (1.00"-4.00") fell across the remainder of the region.

 

EUROPE

Eastern 

 

Temperatures averaged 3C to 6C (6(F-12(F) above normal dominated eastern Europe from eastern Poland and western Ukraine eastward to the Urals while temperatures averaged 6C to 9C (12(F-18(F) above normal across northern European Russia. Subfreezing lows were restricted to northeastern European Russia while highs ranged from 20C to 29C (68(F-84(F) at most locations.

 

Southeastern  

 

Moderate to heavy showers dropped 25 to 100 mm (1.00-4.00) of rain on most of Bulgaria, Greece, and northwestern Turkey.

 

AFRICA

Southern 

 

Rainfall of 50 and 100 mm (2.00"-4.00") of rain soaked north-central South Africa while 25 to 50 mm (1.00"-2.00") fell on the outer remainder of northern South Africa. Meanwhile, 25 to 50 mm (1.00"-2.00"), with locally heavier amounts of up to 200 mm (8.00"), dampened southern Botswana.

 

RUSSIA

Central Siberia:

 

Temperatures were 2C to 5C (4(F-10(F) below normal in central Siberia, with lows plummeting below -20C (-4(F) across the entire region. The mercury managed to climb above 0C (32(F).

 

ASIA

East-Central 

 

Little or no rain fell on Hokkaido and northern Honshu Islands of Japan and on most of the Korean Peninsula; however, variable moderate to heavy rains  of 25 to 200 mm (1.00"-2.00") brought relief to the Japanese islands of Kyushu, Shikoku, and southern Honshu, and to extreme southern South Korea.

Temperatures averaged 3C to 9C (6F-18F) above normal across eastern Mongolia, northeastern China, southeastern Siberia, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan. The mercury reached 41C (106F) as far north as Chaoyang, China.

 

South-Central 

 

Temperatures averaged 4C to 9C (8F-18F) across northern and eastern Pakistan while temperatures averaging 2C to 5C (4F-10F) above normal dominated northwestern India.