Frequent, widespread showers dominated large sections of the United States, leading to the third-wettest July in the last two decades. Since 1993, only July 2010 and 2013 were wetter for the Lower 48 states as a whole. However, little or no precipitation fell from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, leading to further drought intensification. The Northwestern dryness was accompanied by nearly constant heat.
Farther south, moisture associated with the remnants of Hurricane Dolores contributed to the wettest July on record in parts of Southern California. Despite local flooding and reduced irrigation requirements, California's four-year drought remained unbroken. Locally heavy showers also dotted other areas of the West, including the Great Basin, southern Rockies, and Intermountain region.
Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.