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June 2016 - Report and Summary

The month of June 2016 was warmer and drier than normal. Compared with June 2015, the month was 0.4 deg. Warmer, and 1.23 inches drier. Year-to-date rainfall through June 30 was 14.22 inches less in 2016 than in 2015. The thirty-day outlook for June 2016 had called for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. It was not changed with the May 31st update.

A strong and slow-moving upper air storm system brought widespread rainfall to the area between the 1st and 4th. Storm total amounts in the area were between one and five inches, with heavier amounts over the northwest and south. Clouds and rain held temperatures to slightly below normal levels during this period. Upper air high pressure built into the area from the southwest on the 5th. This resulted in rising temperatures and suppressed any rainfall through the 11th.

Another disturbance crossed on the 12th, bringing widespread showers with some occurrences of flooding rains to the region. Amounts of two to six inches were observed from Gregg through Rusk and Cherokee into Anderson Counties. On the 13th, strong upper air high pressure built northeastward out of Mexico. This sent temperatures above normal. When combined with the moist soils and vegetation, humidities were also high. This required the issuance of a heat advisory between the 15th and 18th.

The upper air ridge weakened and shifted westward between the 18th and 21st, with a weak cold front crossing the area on the 18th. Temperatures and humidities lowered slightly. There were scattered showers each of the four afternoons during this period. Upper air high pressure returned on the 22nd, and persisted through the end of the month. A weakness in the ridge allowed a cold front to east through on the 28th and 29th, resulting in scattered showers. Humidities were relatively high except for the 29th and 30th when drier air behind the weak front lowered those values.

The reporting period for temperatures and phenomenon on each day is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight hours GMT--6 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CDT. The reporting period for precipitation is for the twenty-four hours ending at noon GMT--6 a.m. CST and 7 a.m. CDT. All times are given using the twenty-four hour clock, and are expressed in Greenwich Mean Time.

Observations are from NWS Station 41/9207/4 in Tyler, Texas. The term "normal" refers to averages from the standard climatic period 1971-2000.

June 2016



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