May was cool, rainy, but no records; 1,500 still without power
It turns out May was as wet as it seemed, but not by much, according to weather service records.
The wet weather moved into May, but May 1 would be the month's rainiest day. Its 1.18 inches were more than twice as much rain as any other day for the month.
And just as May gave way to June, a spring storm swept through the region, bringing hail, damaging winds, power outrages, downed trees and heavy rains.
April ended with a rainstorm that made the month twice as rainy as usual, with 5.82 inches compared to the average 2.9 inches. The rains caused considerable flooding and property damage in Dearborn Heights and Allen Park.
Seven of May's 31 days saw no rain at all, and six days saw just trace amounts, according to the National Weather Service. The 3.61 inches of rain for May just beat out the monthly average of 3.38. But without its rainiest day, there would've been less than 2.5 inches total.
The typical May in Detroit has a high temperature of 69.9, but the highs of May came in more than a degree cooler than that, at 68.6, on average. May's average low temperature, 49.4, is slightly higher than it was this year, at 49.1
Not a single temperature record was set in Detroit last month, on the high or low ends.
The closest it came, on the high end, was May 25, when temperatures reached 87 degrees, just below the high of 90 in 2012. No low temperature for May 2019 ever came within 15 degrees of the historical low for that day.
May started with flooding; June has started with a rash of power outages in Southeast Michigan.
On Saturday, from Monroe to Macomb, a thunderstorm produced wind damage, power outages and knocked down trees and limbs. Some 50,000 DTE Energy customers spent at least part of the day without electricity; that number fell to 4,000 by 4 p.m. Sunday The company had hoped to have all customers restored by 3:30 p.m., but said the hope now is to have everybody's power back on by midnight.
Saturday, about 0.75 inches of rain fell in the area as temperatures reached about 78 degrees. Sunday started out with minor rain, but was expected to largely dry out, said Trent Frey, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The storm Saturday hit throughout Metro Detroit and beyond, according to weather data. Brighton in Livingston saw a 4-inch tree limb downed, Tecumseh and Blissfield in Lenawee County had 1-inch- and 1.75-inch-size hail, respectively, and Troy in Oakland County saw 1-inch hail. Flint in Genesee County had a tree reported down, and several trees were reported down near Green Lake Road in West Bloomfield.
Wind damage also struck in Monroe, which reported 1.25 inch hail; Southfield had large tree limbs down, and in Rochester, a large tree was uprooted and fell atop of a home on Ludlow Avenue. Rochester police reported numerous other tree limbs down and power outages, the weather service reported. Marysville in St. Clair County also reported a downed tree that fell on a house. In Port Huron, a metal roof was ripped from a building.
In Milan and Ann Arbor, 1.50 inches and 1.39 inches of rain, respectively, were recorded. Monroe reported 1.64 inches of rain.
Monday and Tuesday were expected to be dry, sunny and warm, with highs of 66 and 76 degrees, respectively.