July 10, 2010

June Was A Warm, Wet, And Windy Month

Depending on where you lived in the United States this June, chances are it was warm, wet and windy!

The Associated Press (AP) reports that the South and the East saw very hot temperatures in June, with wetter than normal conditions across the northern section of the country. June may have also seen the second most number of tornadoes of any June on record, the National Climatic Data Center said on Friday.

On a national average, June was warmer than normal, a pattern that has been continued through recent years as the greenhouse effect is taking its toll. Warming due to greenhouse gases is caused by industrial and other emissions increases. However, the global June climate data was not yet available.

The climate center said the states of New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina all had a record hot month for June, as high pressure directed hot, sunny weather over the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

It was the second hottest June on record for the states of Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana, the agency added.

In the contiguous 48 states only Washington and Oregon recorded a cooler than normal June, and both states were wetter than usual.

Conditions in the Pacific Northwest were to blame for storms that pushed across the northern and central states, bringing wetter than normal conditions.

Near-record rainfall was recorded in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. Michigan had its wettest June on record as well.

The US Storm Prediction Center said there were 387 preliminary tornado reports during the month of June. If confirmed, it will be the second most active June on record. The most active June on record for tornadoes occurred in 1992.

Minnesota had 67 preliminary tornado reports in June, smashing the previous record of 35 tornadoes during June 2005.


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