May 8, 2017

Sog story: April was USA's 2nd-wettest on record

by
Doyle Rice
,
USA Today
Photo: NOAA NCEI
Photo: NOAA NCEI

If you thought April was unusually soggy, you were right: April 2017 was the USA's second-wettest April on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday.

The onslaught of heavy rain led to deadly and devastating flooding in several states, including North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas.

The average national precipitation total for April was 3.43 inches, which is 0.91 inch above average. Only April 1957 was wetter.

Much more rain than usual fell across the Northwest, central Plains, mid-Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, according to NOAA. North Carolina had its wettest April on record with 6.75 inches of rain, which is 3.22 inches above average.

Only two states (North Dakota and Arizona) were drier-than-average, NOAA said.