Rampant storminess reduced or eliminated drought's footprint across the nation's mid-section. However, incessant showers led to the worst flooding in at least 25 years across portions of the southeastern Plains, mid-South, and western Gulf Coast region, where monthly rainfall topped 20 inches in several locations. In fact, May 2015 became the wettest month on record in Oklahoma and Texas, supplanting October 1941 and June 2004, respectively. Further, May 2015 was the single wettest month on record for the nation as a whole, clipping the October 2009 standard.
Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.