Warm weather and abundant to locally excessive rainfall continued through July across much of the Midwest. A sustained and severe heat wave gripped the South and East, while mild, showery weather prevailed for much of the month across the nation's midsection.
Texas Tropical Twist
In the south-central United States, rain developed well in advance of Hurricane Alex's arrival. Midland, Texas, received at least a trace of rain on nine consecutive days, totaling 4.99 inches, from June 26-July 4. The eye of Hurricane Alex crossed the Mexican Gulf Coast around 9 p.m. CDT on June 30, with maximum sustained winds near 105 mph and a central barometric pressure of 27.96 inches (947 millibars).
Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.
Weatherwise Contributing Editor JEFFREY B. HALVERSON is an associate professor of geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was a Mission Scientist during NASA's GRIP experiment and is on the NASA Global Hawk hurricane research team.