June 2007 ends as it began with near normal conditions. June will go down in the records books as slightly warmer and moderately dryer than normal.
The average temperature for the month ended 2.5 degrees above normal with an average of 74.2. The average high was 84.3 with an average low of 64.1. The thermometer rose to 90 or above on 5 days which is above the normal of 3.3 days. The highest reading was 93 on the 16th and 17th. The lowest reading occurred on the 6th with 53 degrees.
According to official readings from the airport, the month was dryer than normal. This was especially true through the first half of the month as just over three quarters of an inch of precipitation was recorded from the 1st through the 18th. In contrast, 0.73 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period between the 23rd and the 24th. The period from the 9th through the 16th had no rainfall and only a trace was reported on the 17th and 18th. This dry spell elevated the drought conditions to moderate by the middle of the month.
Precipitation which fell in the latter half of the month brought the monthly total to 2.22 inches, which is 1.91 inches below normal. The rain was widespread and many areas around central Indiana received heavier amounts of rain with thunderstorms the last 10 days of the month. Drought conditions eased somewhat for central Indiana, but we still remain abnormally dry. The yearly total precipitation is 20.29 inches which is 0.71 inches below normal.
Other Notable Features
The peak wind was 53 mph from the northwest on the 22nd and is the highest wind gust so far this year. We had 7 days with thunderstorms and 11 days with measurable precipitation. Sunshine for the month registered 71 percent of normal which is 6 percent above normal.