The meager amount of rain last month made it one of the driest Junes on record in Columbus, but it has been worse.
Last month ranked as the third-driest June in Columbus in the 119 years of record-keeping, according to the Indiana State Climate Office, with the city receiving just 0.61 inch of precipitation.
The driest June on record was in 1936, when only 0.36 inch of rain fell. The second-driest was in 1988 with 0.44 inch.
Record-setting temperatures at the end of June helped add to the arid conditions, but the average temperature last month “doesn’t rank even close to the record,” said Ken Scheeringa, associate state climatologist.
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