Heavy rain drenched the drought-ravaged southern High Plains from May 21-26, providing much-needed moisture in the wake of a punishing, 3.5-year dry spell. Meanwhile, cool, wet weather persisted during the first half of the month across northern portions of the Plains and Midwest. During the second half of the month, however, sudden warmth accompanied occasional showers.
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 Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.