Monday, June 22, 2015

May was the Wettest Month on Record in the US

The month of May 2015 was the wettest month on record. We all know that heat is the most common corollary of climate change, however so is drought on the one hand and extreme precipitation on the other. While California has been plagued with drought, most of the southern 48 states have been inundated by record precipitation. Climate research suggests that drought and extreme precipitation becomes more likely in a world plagued by climate change.

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with 4.36 inches of rain May was 1.45 inches above average, making it both the wettest May and the wettest month on record in the contiguous US. The total amount of rainfall was equal to 200 trillion gallons of water.

Oklahoma and Texas also set records for the wettest month ever and Colorado set records for the wettest May on record. Oklahoma suffered from a double whammy going from extreme drought to extreme precipitation in a matter of days.

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