Record rainfall in number one egg producing state
The first six months of 2008 were the wettest recorded in Iowa since statewide records began in 1873.
The statewide average precipitation for January-June 2008 was 24.30 inches.
For June, the preliminary statewide average is 8.86 inches, but there are numerous locations across Iowa that recorded more than one foot of rain in June. The greatest preliminary totals are 15.13 inches at Dorchester in far northeast Iowa and 15.05 inches at Massena in the southwest.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey made the following statement regarding the weather summary: “Everyone knows intuitively that the rain and severe weather we have received so far this year is unprecedented, but these numbers show it with even more clarity. Iowans have responded heroically to the challenges that have come upon our state, now let’s hope the weather becomes more agreeable.” — Pro Farmer Editors