Drought ends after rainy June, wet first half of 2013 - KMSP-TV

Drought ends after rainy June, wet first half of 2013

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It's not all that astonishing to learn that the first half of the year ends with much of Minnesota above average on the water front. Let's face it, we all lived through it. Well, I was in South Dakota for most of it, but living just 10 miles from the Minnesota border I'd say I endured much of the snow and rain as well.

But the great news from all of this wet, cool, and dreary weather is that the drought is now gone.  The foliage is that very bright and vibrant shade of green, and we all can drive down the street knowing we have earned this.

Here is a look back at some of the numbers of what we have seen for precipitation during the month of June and the first half of 2013.

Considering we are merely hours past June, I'm sure we remember how wet it was...although not all that unusual. Officially at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, we finished the month with just over 5 inches of rain. Sounds like quite a bit, but we were not even an inch above normal. Granted, northern and western parts of the Metro and areas in the southeastern corner of the state experienced far more water, but many areas were actually within an inch either side of normal.

The next two images show the actual rainfall amounts for June across the area and just how many inches from average we were.

It was a similar story across much of the region, although parts of extreme southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois got hammered with very heavy rain to the point where monthly totals were nearly double what they should have been.  But notice just how many yellow areas there are in the second image.  Many spots of Iowa and Missouri and points westward ended up dry for the month.  So our area could certainly use a break from the water, but many spots in the Plains and Front Range could use some more.  Check it out below…

So we round out the half year wet… but that seems to be a trend right now as the first 6 months of the year have all been at or above average with precipitation. (Well, not entirely… officially January ended 0.04 inches below average, but we will let that one slide) Here is a look at the precipitation since January 1st.

Across the nation though it has really been a tale of two stories with plenty of water in the north and east and lots of drought in the south and west. Here are the actual precipitation totals from the U.S. through June 30th.

Now take a look at the percentage of precipitation compared to average. All of the blues and greens are above average and all the reds and yellows are below average.

This gives you a much better perspective when looking for above and below average areas when comparing several different climates because being an inch above average in say Yuma, AZ who only gets 5 inches of rain a year is a much bigger deal than being an inch above average in Jackson, Mississippi who averages nearly 60 inches of rain every year.

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