The monthly climate outlook for June favors more heat for Alaska and the West, more rain for Texas and the East.
Rainfall totals across parts of Texas and Oklahoma were several hundred percent above normal in May 2015, leading to record-breaking flood levels on many rivers.
It’s a discouraging fact that drought reinforces drought, especially in the summer. The Southern Plains were in the tight grip of that feedback loop in August 2012.
NCEI's Jake Crouch reflects on entering the field of climate monitoring during a historic drought in the Southern Plains.