TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) --- As much of Kansas continues dealing with the effects of weeks of storms and flooding, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms May was the wettest month ever recorded in the Sunflower State.
Kansas wasn’t alone either. "https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201905 target="_blank">NOAA numbers show Nebraska and Missouri also experienced the highest rainfall totals on record. Those all-time highs helped push the amount of precipitation nationwide to the second highest level in the 125 years meteorologists have been keeping track, only trailing May 2015.
Over 500 tornadoes were recorded in May, more than doubling the average of the past three years, the NOAA said. The agency also pointed out that is the most active 30-day period since 2011.
All of that rain is part of a trend that stretch back into last year. The amount of rain Kansas got in the past year was the second highest for a June to May period ever. Seventeen other states, including Nebraska and Oklahoma, also posted their second wettest June-May periods, as well.
The rain also kept the country cool. NOAA says, with an average temperature of 59.5 degrees Fahrenheit, May 2019 was actually below the 20th century average and in the bottom third on record.
And, while many cities in southeast had their earliest 100 degree day, Duluth, Minnesota, set whole different kind of record: getting 10.6 inches of snow on May 9.