May 2014 starts quiet, dry. That changes on Friday.May 8th, 2014 at 8:53 pm by Robb Ellis under Weather
This month has been off to a very dry and quiet start. Only a trace of rain has fallen at Indianapolis International Airport in the first 8 days of May 2014. That’s the driest start to May in 22 years and only the 12th time that’s happened since 1871 when records began.
Typically, May is the wettest month for central Indiana. In a “normal” month, just over 5 inches of rain falls. The “Normal” is defined as the average rainfall over the last 3 decades.
May is also typically one of the stormier months, only second behind June as the month with the most tornadoes in Indiana. The severe weather season is upon us. But given our extended winter, it’s no surprise that things have been pretty quiet so far this year.
That will change on Friday as scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop during the afternoon and evening and bring rain and the possibility of severe weather to most of central Indiana.
Showers and storms will arrive in the morning and continue through the early afternoon. While thunderstorms will be possible with this first round, it’s a second round of storms during the late afternoon and evening that could bring the greatest threat of severe weather.
Damaging winds are possible within some of the strong storms. A few storms may also contain hail or an isolated tornado, but that threat remains smaller at this point.