June is typically the wettest month of the year, but not this time. The month ended with just 1.92 inches of rain, 2.47 inches below the month’s average of 4.39 inches.
The month also saw slightly above average temperatures with five days seeing temperatures between 90 and 94 degrees. The months highs averaged 80.8 degrees, 1.9 degrees above average while lows averaged 56.7 degrees, right on their average.
Already the combination of warm temperatures and a shortage of rain are showing on the landscape. A drive through the countryside shows that every field with an irrigator is pumping water onto crops. Lawns are turning brown.
While many areas of the state saw substantial June rainfall as thunderstorms passed through Minnesota, west central counties were consistently missed. As a result, drought conditions are spreading.