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June set the stage for season with record rainfall

June set the stage for season with record rainfall
Weather data tells the story; wet trend continued into July in Indiana

June 2015 will go down as the wettest June on record in Indiana. The official monthly state average precipitation will be determined later by the federal Center for Weather and Climate.

Related: El Nino, crop impact webinar scheduled for July 28

Preliminary data pegs the June average at 9.03 inches, easily the wettest June on record in Indiana and the 4th wettest of all months ever since statewide records began in 1895. The previous Indiana state record for June was 8.1 inches in 1958. The new record could be nearly a full inch higher!

Weather data tells the story; wet trend continued into July in Indiana

It's difficult to pin blame for the wet June solely on El Nino. We know La Nina, the opposite of El Nino, played a major role in the 2012 drought, but on the flip side is El Nino responsible for wet summers?

This is tougher to answer since El Nino is better understood for its impact on mild Indiana winters. Influence on summers isn't as clear. Last May the discussion among forecasters was that June may be a drier than normal month followed by a very wet July. This thinking was based on analysis of past summers with an El Nino event present.

Obviously we have a lot more to learn about what role El Nino plays and its timing in determining our summer precipitation patterns.

June Indiana precipitation totals >>

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So just how wet was June? Here are monthly totals from Indiana CoCoRaHS network volunteers who recorded more than a foot of rainfall:

Reporter location; recorded precipitation in inches

Rensselaer 6.2 SE; 18.06

Lake Village 2.3 W; 17.27

Fair Oaks 5.8 SW; 16.70

Andrews 3.2 ESE; 16.63

Craigville 2.7 NW; 16.53

Lake Village 7.6 SE; 16.41

Bluffton 0.9 SE; 16.25

Wabash 1.5 SW; 16.01

Rensselaer 4.3 N; 15.59

Rensselaer 8.4 ENE; 15.56

Rensselaer 5.2 NW; 15.16

Wabash 0.3 NNW; 14.98

Warren 1.6 ENE; 14.61

Portland 2.3 S; 14.60

Rensselaer 7.7 N; 14.53

Wabash 1.2 NNW; 14.35

Ossian 2.4 W; 14.18

Mount Ayr 1.6 NNE; 13.99

Newberry 0.6 E; 13.58

Rensselaer 1.9 SSW; 13.55

Galveston 1.0 ESE; 13.47

Huntington 0.3 W; 13.40

Burnettsville 9.9 NNW; 13.36

Rensselaer 7.7 NE; 13.19

Rensselaer 10.5 NNE; 13.18

Bluffton 3.6 N; 13.06

Rochester 2.4 NW; 12.69

Logansport 0.9 E; 12.49

Covington 0.4 WNW; 12.38

Muncie 1.2 SE; 12.33

De Motte 2.9 SE; 12.20

De Motte 4.1 SW; 12.16

Wheatfield 4.1 WSW; 12.13

Russiaville 1.0 NE; 12.11

Urbana 0.3 ENE; 12.03

Fort Wayne 9.1 SE; 12.01

Source: Ken Scheeringa, associate Indiana state climatologist

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