Compiled by Kirk Ross

March called. It wants its weather back.

Weather-wise, the third and fourth months of this year were pretty confusing. After a cooler than cool March, we finally had some heat early on in April before things reverted back to another cool spell, leading to the first real blackberry winter (a cold snap after the blackberries have bloomed) in a while. La Ninã was fading but strong enough to cause anomalies all over.

At least the record-setting heat wave out west didn’t float our way. But it’s odd to have the quilt out this late in the year.

The days really stretch out this time of year. By the end of May the days will be almost an hour longer than on May Day.

May 1 – Sunrise: 6:23 a.m.; Sunset: 8:04 p.m.
May 31 – Sunrise: 6:01 a.m.; Sunset: 8:27 p.m.

Full Moon – May 5 Last Quarter – May 12
New Moon – May 20 First Quarter – May 28

The full moon in May is the Milk Moon, Flower Moon, Corn Moon and Hare Moon.

Planets & Stars
At the beginning of May, Venus still shines brilliantly in the western evening sky. But by month’s end, Venus disappears into evening twilight on its way to passing directly in front of (“transiting”) the Sun on June 5 – the last transit of Venus of our lifetime! Reddish Mars appears in the southern to southwestern early-evening sky and Saturn shines farther to the east. This May is not a great time to see Mercury or Jupiter. — Amy Sayle, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

May is National Barbecue Month, National Bike Month, National Hamburger Month and National Salad Month. The second week of the month is Wildflower Week.

Significant Dates
• May 1 is May Day
• May 2 is Brothers and Sisters Day
• World Press Freedom Day is May 3
• May 4 is International Tuba Day
• Cinco de Mayo is, well, guess
• National Nurses Day is May 6
• May 8 is Iris Day, Red Cross/Red Crescent Day and No Socks Day
• Limerick Day is May 12
• Carolina Graduation is on Sunday, May 13 starting at 9:30 a.m.
• Mother’s Day is May 13
• National Bike to Work Day and International Museum Day are on May 18
• May 21 is National Waiters and Waitresses Day
• International Jazz Day is May 26
• May 27 (and everyday) is National Sunscreen Day
• National Macaroon Day is May 31