Jul 9, 2010 1:48 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - Warm, wet and windy! That was June, depending
on where you lived in the United States.
The month was exceptionally hot in the South and East, wetter
than normal across a northern tier of states and may have had the
second most tornadoes of any June on record, the National Climatic
Data Center reported Friday.
Nationally averaged, June was warmer than normal, a pattern that
has been continuing in recent years as greenhouse warming caused by
industrial and other emissions increases. June global climate data
were not yet available.
But the climate center said it was the hottest June on record
for New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina, as a high pressure
area directed hot, sunny weather over the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
It was the second hottest June on record in Maryland, Virginia,
South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana, the agency added.
In the contiguous 48 states only Washington and Oregon were
cooler than normal, and both were also wetter than unusual.
That was thanks to conditions in the Pacific Northwest which
directed storms across the northern and central states, bringing
wetter than normal conditions.
It was the wettest June on record for Michigan and near-record
rainfall fell in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.
In addition, the federal Storm Prediction Center said there were
387 preliminary tornado reports during June.
If confirmed, this will be the second most active June on record
- behind 1992.
The center said there were 67 preliminary tornado reports in
Minnesota, topping the previous record of 35 tornadoes during June
The climate and storm centers are both agencies of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.