Large sections of the country experienced scattered to locally heavy showers, in spite of general warmth. In fact, inundating rainfall struck the western Gulf Coast region, eradicating drought concerns but sparking major flooding in southern and coastal Texas.
Meanwhile, periods of heavy rain soaked portions of the Plains and Midwest, maintaining abundant to locally excessive soil moisture in many areas. Rainfall was lighter, however, in much of the Southeast. In addition, rainfall largely bypassed the nation’s southwestern quadrant, stretching from California to western Texas. Generally dry weather also prevailed in the Pacific Northwest, where a late-week rash of wildfires in Oregon and northern California collectively charred more than 100,000 acres of vegetation and destroyed more than 50 structures.
Weekly temperatures averaged as much as 10°F above normal in the Pacific Northwest, and were also above normal in most other parts of the country. Some of the hottest weather, relative to normal, affected the southern Mid-Atlantic States. Elsewhere, cooler-than-normal conditions were limited to portions of the northern High Plains and northern Intermountain West. Early-week heat spread from the Midwest into the Northeast. On June 17, daily-record highs soared to 98°F in La Crosse, WI, and 96°F in Alpena, MI. Record-setting highs for June 18 climbed to 97°F in Albany, NY, and Williamsport, PA.