...June 2008 Climate Summary...

...June 2008 Climate Summary...

 The month of June saw a continuation of the excessive rains that the Ozarks have dealt with since the beginning of this year. Seveal raounds of heavy rainfall impacted the Ozarks during the month breaking several daily records. The monthly rainfall record for Springfield was broken as over 13 inches of rain fell during the month.  In addition, so far this year, Springfield and 12 other locations across the Ozarks have set new January to June rainfall records. So, the first six months of 2008 have been wet indeed. With June in the record books and only around 2 inches left for Springfield to reach its normal yearly rainfall, this could end up being a record year.

Station
Temperature (mean)
Precipitation (total)
 
Mean Temp.
Rank
Above/Below
Precip.
Rank
Above/Below
 
Springfield
73.2 deg F
Tied 37th coolest
0.2 below normal
13.41 inches
Wettest on record
8.39 inches above normal
Joplin
75.8 deg F
19th warmest
1.0 above normal
9.27 inches
10th wettest
3.85 inches above normal
West Plains
 
73.8 deg F
Tied 17th warmest
1.9 above normal
4.69 inches
17th Wettest 
0.36 inches above normal
Vichy
 
72.3 deg F
Tied 15th coolest
0.5 below normal
3.19 inches
25th Driest 
0.46 inches below normal

 
  June 2008 Precipitation Totals for the Midwest

June 2008 Precipitation Totalsl

 

June 2008 Pecipitation Departure from Normal


 

 

List of March 2008 Records
Date
Station
Record
June 4th 2008
Joplin
73 degrees (record high low)
June 14th, 2008
Springfield
3.88 inches of rain
West Plains
1.13 inches of rain
June 19th, 2008 Springfield 2.11 inches of rain
June 28th, 2008 West Plains 1.74 inches of rain
June 30th, 2008 Vichy/Rolla 56 Degrees (Record Low)
Month of June Springfield 13.41 inches of rainfall

 mal Conditions for the Upcoming 3 MonthsSpringfield

 

Normal Conditions for the Upcoming 3 Months
 Springfield
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
Aug
89.5
65.6
3.37
0.0
Sept
81.2
57.4
4.83
0.0
Oct
70.6
46.1
3.47
T
Joplin 
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
Aug
89.5
67.5
3.82
0.0
Sept
81.0
59.2
5.22
0.0
Oct
70.9
48.1
3.94
0.0
 West Plains
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
Aug
88.7
44.2
4.35
0.0
Sept
80.6
53.8
4.62
0.0
Oct
70.8 43.2 3.40 0.0
Vichy
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
Aug
86.7
65.3
3.67
0.0
Sept
78.5
57.4
3.48
0.0
Oct
67.9
46.7
3.26
0.0

 

Below is a report from the Midwest Regional Climate Center indicating the scope of the rainfall received in June so far this year across the midwest.

  

Precipitation Totals Set Records in the Midwest

Substantial recent flooding in the Midwest was caused by heavy precipitation that fell not only in June, but also throughout the first half of 2008. The NOAA Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) found that 286 National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Network stations reported precipitation totals for the first half of 2008 that ranked within their top five records of the January-June period since the late 1800s in some cases. 

 “More than 100 individual stations tied or exceeded their January through June precipitation records in the Midwest region this year, which is an extraordinary 11% of stations with observations available,” explained MRCC Regional Climatologist Mike Palecki.  “Only a third as many Midwest stations achieved their current record in 1993, another year of great floods (although in 1993 the heaviest rainfall occurred in July).”

 Some of the precipitation records set during June include:

Location

June Total (inches)

Old Record and Year

Martinsville, IN

20.11

  9.47” in 1998

Baraboo, WI

17.17

10.65” in 1949

Mt. Vernon, MO

16.03

12.56” in 2007

Hutsonville, IL

15.30

  9.09” in 1999

  Decorah, IA

14.10

11.80” in 1993

  Washington, OH

11.14

  9.40” in 1928

  Lake City, MI

10.66

  7.10” in 1967

 

 In 1993, record precipitation during the first half of the year was largely confined in the Midwest to states surrounding Iowa, said Palecki. The early 2008 precipitation pattern caused heavy flooding both in and around Iowa and in the Ohio River Valley.  Fortunately, top five ranking rain totals in June were less common in the Ohio Valley (Fig. 2), and not found at all over the southern tributaries to the Ohio River. 

 
“The tremendous flooding resulting in Southern Indiana from a small area of intense rainfall indicates what could have happened more broadly in the Ohio Valley if the precipitation pattern had spread further east during June,” Palecki added.

 

The locations with top five precipitation totals in June 2008 are clustered in an area similar to those affected in June 1993, although oriented differently.  In June 1993 the affected locations were oriented from northwest to southeast across the region centered on eastern Iowa, while the June 2008 pattern stretched from southwest to northeast. 

 
“This may indicate that June weather patterns triggering the two great floods were similar, but not exactly the same,” said Palecki, who added that a study of these differences is underway. 

 
The current status of precipitation, temperature, and other climate conditions can be monitored on the MRCC’s “Midwest Climate Watch” web site, http://mrcc.sws.uiuc.edu/cliwatch/watch.htm

 

 

The NOAA Midwestern Regional Climate Center is a cooperative program of the Illinois Water Survey and the National Climatic Data Center (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S, Department of Commerce).

National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Network precipitation stations having a Top 5 precipitation total for June 2008.  Locations with stars tied or exceeded previous records, while the locations with dots are ranked second to fifth wettest on record.  All stations reported at least 75% of the time, had 30 years or more of records, and were compared to all station data since 1895.

This information is from a July 3rd report from Mike Palecki of the Midwest Regional Climate Center.



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