(Des Moines) The western part of the United States has been as “hot as a firecracker” in the month of June. The mercury soared to 129-degrees in Death Valley on the last day of June which tied the all-time June record for the United States.
State Climatologist Harry Hilaker tells KSOM/KS95 news that the hot temperatures are caused by a ridge of high pressure anchored over the western Rocky Mountains. Hilaker says fortunately it doesn’t appear that ridge of hot air will be migrating in our direction anytime soon.
“As time goes on that ridge of high pressure is expected to weaken and begin to flatten out and Iowa will get the fringe of it by the middle or end of next week,” stated Hilaker. “This will bring our temperatures up to normal to a little bit above normal. But fortunately for the moment, it doesn’t look like anything excessive for our area.”
Hilaker says it may be hard to believe but Iowa experienced near normal temperatures across the state of Iowa. Unlike the temperatures, rainfall amounts varied considerably across the state. The most rain fell in the north central and northeastern corner of the state. Dorchester in extreme northeastern Iowa received 14-inches of rain in the month of June. But the rest of Iowa received mostly below normal rainfall with the driest areas being from Sioux City to Denison which received about ½ of their normal rainfall for the month.
July 2, 2013