If you thought June was hot and humid, you were right.
If you thought June was also very stormy--you were not alone.
According to the National Weather Service, who maintains maintains climate statistics, the month of June proved to be very stormy around most of KAKEland.
Several rounds of severe thunderstorms kept residents on edge through the month. The city of Hutchinson was struck twice by thunderstorm winds of over 75 mph., causing extensive damage to parts of town. Parts of Butler, Harvey, and McPherson counties also suffered significant damage from storms during the month.
Tornadoes touched down over parts of Marion, Butler, McPherson, Barton and Stafford counties. Fortunately, damage from these twisters was not widespread. However, a tornado over one-half mile wide passed just south of Macksville, which suffered damage from the infamous Greensburg tornado of 2007.
With all the storms, needlessly to say, most of Kansas saw above-normal rainfall, with the southwest part of the state seeing its 9th-wettest June on record.
Parts of Kansas also baked under intense heat and humidity as the month of June was coming to an end. Wichita saw temperatures above 90 degrees for 10 straight days to end the month, even hitting 100 degrees for the first time this season. Salina suffered with 100-degree heat for 6 days during the end of the month, 5 of those coming in a row.
Will June be a sign of how the rest of the summer will go?
While it's too early to tell for sure, as long as the area stays relatively wet and we continue to get above-average rainfall, it will be hard to achieve severely hot temperatures for a significant period of time.
As always, the KAKEland WeatherPlex will keep you up-to-date.