Posted: 6:00 AM 6/1/14
May 2014 got off to a cloudy, cool start with temperatures in the lower 50s, nearly 20 degrees below normal. Friday, the 2nd, wasn't much better with more clouds and highs only around 60. Thankfully, it turned around a bit for the weekend with highs in the lower 70s for the first Saturday. Sunday did have a few isolated storms, but most of the day was pleasant and dry with highs in the upper 60s.
The first full week fo May felt more like a week in July. Monday, the 5th, had highs in the middle 70s. By Tuesday we snuck into the 80s and hit the lower 90s for Wednesday and Thursday too! However, scattered storms arrived Thursday night and stuck around in a scattered fashion through Tuesday. This kept high temperatures generally in the upper 70s and lower 80s for Friday through Tuesday and a few storms were a touch on the strong side. However, most of the weekend (the 10th and 11th) was dry, which was good for Mother's Day.
The evening of Mother's Day was a bit rocky with strong to severe storms moving through parts of central Illinois though most of the area did not see severe weather. Greenup saw the worst of the severe weather with hail up to baseball size falling. The overnight storms stuck around into early Monday and they did little to knock down the heat. High temperatures again pushed 90 on Monday and that triggered more overnight storms with some gusty winds, but nothing severe. The rain held on in a scattered fashion through Friday and temperatures struggled into mid to upper 50s each day, about 15 degrees below normal.
The skies finally began to dry out on Saturday with just a few sprinkles around the area and a beautiful Sunday started a warm-up. By Monday, the 19th, temperatures were back to around normal and we started to see 80s againfor Tuesday. However, a few storms for both Tuesday and Wednesday were around with the 80 degree heat Wednesday actually saw some hours in the 90s in a few spots and afternoon thunderstorms. Some of those thunderstorms turned severe for Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas and Edgar counties. Areas west of Tuscola saw hail that was 4 inches in diameter.
Partly cloudy skies were around Thursday with temperatures cooler and in the middle 70s. Partly cloudy skies hung around for Friday through Memorial Day (Monday, the 26th) with highs going from the lower to middle 70s Friday to the lower 80s by Monday. Tuesday, the 27th, pushed us right back into the middle 80s. Though Wednesday also reached the middle 80s, it wasn't great because of scattered storms throughout the day. The month would end with several days (Thursday through Saturday) of the same type of weather with heat and scattered storms.