June 6 WAOB SummaryJun 8, 2012
All graphics courtesy of USDA, NOAA, Department of Commerce
Near- to above-normal temperatures persisted nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Weekly temperatures generally ranged from 4° to 8° F below normal on the northern Plains, but averaged at least 4°F above normal in numerous locations across the South, East and West. During the early to mid-week period, Tropical Storm Beryl produced heavy, drought-easing rain in the southern Atlantic states. Weekly rainfall totaled 4 in. or more in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia.
Later, a slow-moving storm triggered showers and locally severe thunderstorms from the Plains to the East Coast. The rain provided much-needed moisture for pastures and summer crops in many areas, including the central and southern Plains and the central and eastern Corn Belt, but bypassed some locations.
Rain intensified toward week’s end in the Northeast, where several totals in excess of 4 in. were observed. Farther west, scattered showers maintained generally favorable conditions across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, following the previous week's widespread precipitation. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather accompanied a Western warming trend, although a few showers were noted from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies.