May Downpours Douse Central Drought

April showers bring May flowers.

That’s the quote we all have heard, but how about, “May downpours bring relief to the Central States, but with major headaches.”

To help illustrate the vast amount of rain received during May of 2015 in the central United States we’ve included the Total Precipitation: 01 May 2015 – 28 May 2015 map from the PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University. 

Total Precipitation May 1 - 28, 2015 from May Downpours Douse Central States Drought on  

To show how extraordinary these total are, here is the Total Precipitation Anomaly: 01 May 2015 – 28 May 2015 map from the PRISM Group showing the percentages above normal 30 years precipitation amounts. 

Total Precipitation Anomaly for May 2015 from May Downpours Douse Central States Drought on  

To tie all this information together, the 6 Week Animation for the United States Drought Monitor shows the impressive impacts these downpours have had on especially the long-term exceptional drought in the South-Central United States.

Animated 6 Week Drought Monitor Map from May Downpours Douse Central States Drought on

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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