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Top Five Wettest June For Parts of The Southeast

30 Jun 2017, 10:16 pm

Heavy rainfall has erased the precipitation deficit across the Southeast and even put some cities in the record books for the wettest June. Let’s take a look at how it all stacked up.

Pensacola, FL nearly broke the all-time record for June rainfall. Records go back to 1879 for this climate site.

Much of this rain came with Tropical Storm Cindy in late June.  There were rain bands that produced 6-12 inches of rainfall in just a few days! The top rainfall total came from Ocean Springs, MS at 18″+.

Mobile had a top five wettest June with these records dating back to the year 1871. While in the top five, it was far from the June of 1900 with more than two feet of water falling!

Here are some other noteworthy top five rainfall reports for June:

  1. The wettest June in Gainesville, Florida with 16.84″ (rainfall records date back 126 years)
  2. Second wettest June in Birmingham, Alabama with 10.80″ (rainfall records date back 122 years)
  3. Third wettest June in Greensboro, North Carolina with 9.93″ (rainfall records date back 114 years)
  4. Fourth wettest June in Charleston, WV with 8.33″ (rainfall records date back 108 years)

Above statistics courtesy the Southeast Regional Climate Center

Nearby Washington, D.C. was left thirsty though, rounding out our “Southeast” Soaker Summary with the third driest June, 1.13″ (rainfall records date back 146 years).

Monthly map for June rainfall showing drier than average areas in browns and yellows while wetter than average areas are shown in blue and green

We told you many times this past winter how dry it was in Florida and the wildfires that happened as a result. Well, looking at the drought monitor you can see significant improvement to the Southeast.  There was once severe drought in parts of Georgia and Florida but now much of the Southeast has been removed from the drought status.

The drought monitor as of Thursday, June 29 showed abnormally dry areas in yellow and increasingly dry areas in browns and reds.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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