The Alabama Climate Report

Brought to you by the Office of the Alabama
Climatologist

Volume 14, Number 3 - June 2022

June signifies the official start of climatological summer (June, July, & August). Generally for an Alabama summer, we can expect hotter temperatures and rain that is more sporadic. This June certainly followed this pattern as the state experienced many days above 90°F and rainfall that varied statewide.

Alabama saw widespread warmth across the state this June. In fact, every single county was 1.3°F or warmer than their respective county long-term average. Statewide, Alabama recorded its 14th warmest June on record. The four major metropolitan areas were also very warm as Mobile, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Birmingham recorded their warmest, 2nd warmest, 3rd warmest, and 5th warmest June on record, respectively. The hottest temperature recorded this month occurred at the Andalusia Opp-airport which topped out at a toasty 105°F on 23rd, which was also a record high temperature for June at that station, though their record begins only in 2006. Nearby stations with records back to the early 1900s have reached as high as 109°F in June.  On the other end of the spectrum, a US-Forest station in DeSoto State Park bottomed out at a brisk 50°F during a cold spell that occurred on the 20th.

As with most summer months in Alabama, there were wet locations and dry locations as the plot below shows how much rain fell in Alabama as a percentage of normal in June. Most of the state was drier than normal with the exception of a few central and southeast counties. Many stations recorded very little rainfall, with 17 stations recording less than one inch of rainfall for the entire month of June. A station in Belle Mina recorded the least amount of rainfall for the month at a paltry 0.41 inches. In contrast, a station southeast of Lake Purdy, which is located in the magenta colors in the plot below, recorded 12.29 inches of rainfall which was the wettest location of the month. However, statewide, the total rainfall averaged 3.36 inches, which is slightly less than the long-term average of 4.28 inches.

With the widespread heat and lack of precipitation across much of the state, the heat stress on vegetation is increasing and thus so are drought conditions. Currently, most of the drought is confined to the northern and western Alabama counties but this could change week to week depending on the weather. Be sure to visit https://www.drought.gov/states/alabama for the latest conditions.

Monthly summaries are provided by Drs. Rob Junod and John Christy.


 

CONTACT:

Dr. JOHN R. CHRISTY
Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric and Earth Sciences
Director, Earth System Science Center
Alabama State Climatologist
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
256-961-7763
christy@nsstc.uah.edu
Dr. ROB JUNOD
Assistant State Climatologist
Earth System Science Center
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
256-961-7743
rjunod@nsstc.uah.edu
LEE ELLENBURG
Associate State Climatologist
Alabama Office of State Climatology
Earth System Science Center
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
256-961-7498
wle00001@uah.edu