The U.S. is Soaking in Record Wet Weather
Last month, flooding along the Mississippi and other major rivers made headlines across the nation. Farmers in the Midwest and MidSouth were affected by the conditions, forcing many to forego planting and others to take extra precautions to protect their crops during what some are calling “a crazy growing season.” According to NOAA, the major soak being seen in parts of the country wasn’t a fluke. It’s just another drop in the bucket to what’s been a record-breaking 12 months of precipitation for the contiguous U.S.
In fact, June marks the third consecutive month in 2019 that the past 12-month precipitation measurement has hit an all-time high.
From July 2018 through June 2019, conditions resulted in an annual average of 37.86 inches of precipitation (nearly 8 inches above average), according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
But not all parts of the country are soggy. NOAA reports about 3.2% of the contiguous U.S. was in drought in June, down from 5.3% at the start of last month.
Rainfall tallies from Hurricane Barry and its remnants will likely continue the country’s wet streak into July.