In addition to the total number of 100 degree days, we also saw some impressive streaks of consecutive 100 degree days. The heat continued through September, adding to the new records and putting them far beyond the pace set by previous years. Four states, Connecticut (127 percent), Massachusetts (126 percent), Rhode Island (107 percent), and Vermont (106 percent) averaged wetter than normal; departures among the drier than normal states ranged from 63 percent in Maryland to 99 percent in Maine. Exceptional drought conditions (D5) were also expanded northward into extreme south central Kansas. In other words, the San Angelo summer bested 100 year old seasonal record by 3.5 degrees. (, A file containing the national monthly percent area severely dry and wet from 1900 to present is available for the, Historical temperature, precipitation, and Palmer drought data from 1895 to present for climate divisions, states, and regions in the contiguous U.S. are available at the, a large area of moderate (D1) to exceptional (D4) drought across the, NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) modeled runoff, VIC (University of Washington Variable Infiltration Capacity macroscale hydrologic model), NLDAS (North American Land Data Assimilation System) modeled streamflow, NLDAS modeled soil moisture percentiles for the, percent of normal precipitation and precipitation percentiles (. This has been exceeded only twice — in June 1956 with a value of -6.54, and in June 1918 with a value of -6.41. The state average precipitation total for the month in Mississippi was 2.83 inches (71.88 mm). Several locations in the Southeast experienced their warmest June on record, including Birmingham, Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; Columbus, Georgia; and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Four of the six New England states averaged below normal. We keep climatological records for both Abilene and San Angelo. Worst drought ever to hit California could rival the historic 2011 Texas drought. The station at Carlsbad, New Mexico reported no precipitation for the 223 days preceding June 2, received a scant 0.01 inch (0.2 mm) on that day, and then no rain for the rest of June. Interestingly, there were a few cases of coastal stations in close proximity that reported strikingly different monthly rainfall totals. Kauai and Oahu remained drought-free. Less soil moisture means that it takes less of the sun's energy to heat the air near the Earth's surface. When the statistics for the Arizona-New Mexico-Colorado drought area (the Southwest drought area) are aggregated, the percent area in moderate to exceptional (USDM categories) drought has fluctuated between 60 and 70 percent for the last four months, but the percent area in the exceptional and extreme to exceptional categories has shown a steady increase, with 7 percent in extreme to exceptional drought at the end of March rising to 38 percent at the end of June. Key West, Florida recorded 0.71 inch (18.0 mm) of rain for the month, or 16 percent of normal. [11], In late summer of 2012, the drought eased in portions of the southern US, but continued to intensify in the central US. This improvement trend was expected to end as drier and warmer conditions take hold during the heart of the 2011 dry season. Again, see the next section for information on 100 degree day records. Groundwater levels were near record low levels across parts of central and southern Georgia, requiring municipalities to increase the depth of their wells to maintain water supplies. This also tied the record for the warmest of ANY month on record at Abilene, dating back to 1886. Elsewhere, some locations received well over 200 percent of normal precipitation with Pierre, South Dakota being this month's wet spot. Nevertheless, drought conditions continued to improve, with moderate to severe drought affecting only 16 percent of the state at the end of June compared to 33 percent at the end of May. For the Southern Plains states, especially Texas, the dryness extends back to October 2010, with several "seasons" ranking as the driest on record. Hot and dry conditions caused an expansion of extreme drought (D4) in parts of south central Colorado. This persistent dryness intensified drought across parts of the Southwest to Southeast. NWS After a near record season high for snowpack in the UCRB, the majority of the SNOTEL sites have now completely melted their accumulated snowpack for the season. Northeastern and southeastern Colorado had 1 to 4 inches of accumulation for June. The state average temperature for the Bayou State was 83.50 degrees F (28.61 degrees C). However, as a precaution, the Maui County department of water supply continued to request a 5 percent reduction in water use by upcountry residents. June 2011 was a warm and dry month (19th driest and 26th warmest, based on data back to 1895) when weather conditions are averaged across the country. Emergency Drinking Water Task Force • High priority 180 day list • Identify Strategies from State Water Plan • Outreach in coordination with funding agencies. Extreme dryness coupled with anomalously high temperatures throughout the Southern region has not led to much of a change in areal coverage of drought in general, but it has led to dramatic changes in drought intensity. Throughout the winter of 2012–13, heavy rain and snow brought relief to the drought in the southern and eastern United States, even causing severe flooding. There were horses on fire, buildings on fire', Record Texas Drought Burns Cotton Farmers as White Gold Withers. Above normal temperatures defined a majority of 2011 as numerous records fell at both Abilene and San Angelo. The Pacific/North American (PNA) pattern was also neutral and thus not a significant player in the nation's weather this month. On the Big Island, pastures and general vegetation conditions improved in early June but no additional improvements were reported during the last half of the month.