May was near normal statewide with below normal precipitation over the west and south and above normal rainfall over the northeast.
May began cold and unsettled as a storm approached on the 1st and crossed New Mexico on the 2nd. late season snow fell over the northern and western mountains. The weather warmed and dried on the 3rd and continued through the 5th with typical afternoon winds. Much stronger winds arrived on the 6th, with much cooler temperatures on the 7th. East canyon winds howled into the Middle Rio Grande Valley on the night of the 7th/8th. Winds picked up again on the 9th and especially the 10th, when isolated high winds were noted over central and eastern New Mexico. Widespread high winds returned on the 11th, then eased on the 12th. After 10 days of dry weather, moisture returned primarily to eastern New Mexico from the 13th through 18th. This triggered an outbreak of severe weather on the 14th, with isolated severe storms on the 15th and 17th. A break from the stormy weather followed through the 22nd before more severe weather, including 5 tornadoes, struck on the 23rd. Severe storms continued on the 24th and 25th, with only isolated reports through the end of the month.