The U.S. just recorded its wettest month ever

The month of May could be characterized in one word: wet. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, May 2015 was the wettest month in the Continental United States. With precipitation 2 to 5 times the typical monthly average from Minnesota to Texas westward to Arizona, many drought stricken states benefited from all of the rain. The following image shows how each state faired compared to average with 121 years of official records…

 

Colorado, Oklahoma, & Texas all had their wettest Mays ever while a dozen other states, including Minnesota, were in the top 10. All of the rain combined Nationwide totaled more water than the Continental United States has ever seen before dating back to the late 1800's. But that doesn't mean there weren't dry areas as seen along the East Coast with parts of the Northeast recording their top 5 driest Mays on record. Because of the lack of moisture and therefore the extra sunshine, it was quite warm along the eastern seaboard with 4 states in the Northeast hitting their record warmest May as seen in the image below…

 

And because of the wet weather, there was a nice change of below average temps for the Plains & parts of the West which is quite the opposite of the last several years for those areas. As for Minnesota, we were about average. As for the future… the persistent wet pattern is over for the time being, but now that many rivers are running high, looks like off and on flooding could be the story for a while.


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