The state’s weather record keeper says May ranks highly on the charts for being wet. The pools of water in fields, constantly running lawnmowers — and the dozens of state and federal disaster declarations were enough to signal even the most casual weather observer that a lot or rain fell from the skies in May. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says the hard numbers show we averaged seven-point-86 inches of rain in May — three-point-63 inches more than usual. Hillaker says it was the wettest May since 1908. Hillaker says it was the fourth wettest May in the 132 years of records he has at his disposal. Hillaker says six of the last seven months have registered above-normal precipitation.April was the only dry month among them, and was considerably below normal. He says November, December, January, February and March were above normal — three of those were unseasonably wet. Hillaker says we’re well ahead on rainfall in the first five months of 2004. He says we’ve had 15-point-76 inches — almost exactly six inches above normal for precipitation. Hillaker says most of that is because of March and May. Hillaker says those ponds and rivers that were lacking moisture have caught up. He says there shouldn’t be any place in the state that’s experiencing any sort of dry conditions. All the cloudy days may’ve made it feel cooler in May, but Hillaker says the numbers don’t show that. Overall we averaged just over one degree warmer than normal — although he says most people he’s talked to thought it was cooler than normal. He says March, April and May were all warmer than normal this spring. Things may not dry out much in the coming month.Hillaker says June is normally the wettest month of the year in the state, and he says looking back, we don’t usually have a drier June after we’ve had a wetter than normal May.
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