Wettest 12 Month Period Punctuated With Near-Record May Rainfall

Jun 7, 2019  | 2 min  | Ep4442

The president signed the Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on Thursday. The $19 billion bill will help deal with many of the recent weather disasters.

More severe storms broke out in Oklahoma late this week continuing a spring trend as Paul Yeager reports.  

May was the second wettest month on record in several states. The trend has begun spreading across multiple time zones.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the U.S. just finished the wettest 12-month period on record. Eighteen states set marks for the most rain and snow.

Record high water has yet to recede across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

Many of the same states had rainfall again this week as revealed in the weekly precipitation accumulation map.

High water is still making it through America’s waterways. Currently, 58 gauges reveal major flooding with much of it along the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas Rivers. The U.S. Coast Guard says 700 miles of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers are closed to navigation cutting-off barge traffic.

High water remains a major problem in Arkansas. Homes are protected by make-shift levies and the fight to keep property dry is a never-ending battle.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more than 40 levees have been overtopped in Missouri in just the last two weeks.

The pattern limited spring field work opportunities, as both corn and soybeans remained behind the 5-year planting pace.

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.

(Contact: Paul.Yeager@Iowa PBS.org)

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