(State) Last night’s (Wednesday) rainfall came as a welcome relief but still leaves most of the state below the average rainfall totals for the month of June.
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker reports the state average for June of 2012 is 2.55”. That’s about an inch less than a typical June. Extreme NW Iowa has had less than .25” of rain this month but some areas in Southwest Iowa are already well above their typical average for June. Underwood and Red Oak have each received at least 6".
Hillaker says the portion of the state that is now in need of rain the most is in East Central Iowa.
Rainfall for the year in Iowa is about an inch to an inch and a half below average. According to Hillaker January through April were very close to average and it’s been May and June that have created the deficit.