Two years ago July began with the area in the grips of a drought and a burn ban that had been in effect for more than a month and had wiped out fireworks displays.
July 2014 began Tuesday on the heels of the seventh wettest month of June in history.
Johnny Wayne Scott, who collects precipitation and temperature data for the National Weather Service, said that was what he was told when he turned in the June figures. Exactly how far back the records go, Scott said he was unsure because the NWS was also uncertain.
According to Scott’s data, a combined 7.38 inches of rain fell in June. Totals were collected on 12 days with a high of 2.12 inches on June 9, which was in the midst of five straight days of measurable precipitation, the first three of which totalled 4.18 inches.
In June of 2013 there were a combined 6.29 inches of rain, all falling on five days, one of which was after June 18. This year between June 21 and 27 it rained on five different days.
The rainy June this year followed a month in which it rained 7.22 inches, with another 12 days of measurable rainfall. The rain total for May of 2013 was 5.34 inches.
June’s totals also continue a trend of wetness that began in the early spring. In April, Booneville was treated to 5.29 inches of rain.
How long it will continue through the summer months is anyone’s guess. In 2013, July saw only 3.80 inches.
In addition to being wet, June was also relatively cool. Only twice during the month did the high reach 90. June of 2013 closed with a high of 89 on the 30th. That was the first time since June 20 — a span of nine days — when the temperature did not reach at least 91. The high for the June of 2013 was 97 on June 28.
July of 2013 saw 17 days of temperatures in the 90s but only one with a triple digit high, 101 on July 11.