If you thought April was unusually soggy, you were right: April 2017 was the USA's second-wettest April on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday.
The onslaught of heavy rain led to deadly and devastating flooding in several states, including North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas.
The average national precipitation total for April was 3.43 inches, which is 0.91 inch above average. Only April 1957 was wetter.
Much more rain than usual fell across the Northwest, central Plains, mid-Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, according to NOAA. North Carolina had its wettest April on record with 6.75 inches of rain, which is 3.22 inches above average.
Only two states (North Dakota and Arizona) were drier-than-average, NOAA said.
April was also much warmer than average in several eastern states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C., each had their warmest April on record. Nationally, it was the 11th-warmest April on record and warmest April since 2012.
So far, 2017 is the USA's second-warmest year on record, trailing only 2012.
One piece of good news amidst the flooding: All the rain helped shrink the U.S. drought to its lowest level since at least the year 2000, when the U.S. Drought Monitor was instituted.
However, despite improvement in many areas, drought worsened in the Southwest and across parts of the Southeast, where several large wildfires burned in Florida and southern Georgia.