Climate at a Glance

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Contiguous U.S.

Precipitation Rankings, May 1972

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Period Value 1901-2000
Mean
Anomaly Rank
(1895-2020)
Wettest/Driest
Since
Record
May 1972
1-Month
2.95"
(74.93mm)
2.91"
(73.91mm)
0.04"
(1.02mm)
67th Driest Driest since: 1971 1934
60th Wettest Wettest since: 1968 2019
Ties: 1986
Apr–May 1972
2-Month
5.21"
(132.33mm)
5.43"
(137.92mm)
-0.22"
(-5.59mm)
47th Driest Driest since: 1971 1934
80th Wettest Wettest since: 1970 1957
Ties: 1914
Mar–May 1972
3-Month
7.34"
(186.44mm)
7.94"
(201.68mm)
-0.60"
(-15.24mm)
31st Driest Driest since: 1971 1925
96th Wettest Wettest since: 1970 1957, 1991
Ties: 1899
Feb–May 1972
4-Month
9.14"
(232.16mm)
10.07"
(255.78mm)
-0.93"
(-23.62mm)
23rd Driest Driest since: 1967 1925
104th Wettest Wettest since: 1971 2019
Ties: 1914
Jan–May 1972
5-Month
11.47"
(291.34mm)
12.39"
(314.71mm)
-0.92"
(-23.37mm)
27th Driest Driest since: 1971 1934
100th Wettest Wettest since: 1970 2019
Dec 1971–May 1972
6-Month
14.67"
(372.62mm)
14.73"
(374.14mm)
-0.06"
(-1.52mm)
60th Driest Driest since: 1971 1931
66th Wettest Wettest since: 1970 2019
Nov 1971–May 1972
7-Month
16.70"
(424.18mm)
16.96"
(430.78mm)
-0.26"
(-6.60mm)
56th Driest Driest since: 1971 1934
70th Wettest Wettest since: 1969 1983
Oct 1971–May 1972
8-Month
19.43"
(493.52mm)
19.13"
(485.90mm)
0.30"
(7.62mm)
69th Driest Driest since: 1971 1934
57th Wettest Wettest since: 1969 2019
Ties: 1960
Sep 1971–May 1972
9-Month
22.26"
(565.40mm)
21.62"
(549.15mm)
0.64"
(16.25mm)
80th Driest Driest since: 1971 1934
46th Wettest Wettest since: 1969 2019
Ties: 2007
Aug 1971–May 1972
10-Month
25.01"
(635.25mm)
24.25"
(615.95mm)
0.76"
(19.30mm)
78th Driest Driest since: 1971 1918
48th Wettest Wettest since: 1969 2019
Ties: 1929, 1960
Jul 1971–May 1972
11-Month
28.01"
(711.45mm)
27.03"
(686.56mm)
0.98"
(24.89mm)
83rd Driest Driest since: 1971 1931
43rd Wettest Wettest since: 1969 2019
Ties: 1919
Jun 1971–May 1972
12-Month
30.54"
(775.72mm)
29.95"
(760.73mm)
0.59"
(14.99mm)
77th Driest Driest since: 1971 1934
49th Wettest Wettest since: 1969 2019
Dec 1970–May 1972
18-Month
44.02"
(1,118.11mm)
44.70"
(1,135.38mm)
-0.68"
(-17.27mm)
48th Driest Driest since: 1971 1931
77th Wettest Wettest since: 1970 2019
Ties: 1939
Jun 1970–May 1972
24-Month
59.71"
(1,516.63mm)
59.92"
(1,521.97mm)
-0.21"
(-5.34mm)
56th Driest Driest since: 1971 1931
69th Wettest Wettest since: 1970 2020
Ties: 1962
Jun 1969–May 1972
36-Month
89.74"
(2,279.40mm)
89.88"
(2,282.95mm)
-0.14"
(-3.55mm)
58th Driest Driest since: 1969 1955
66th Wettest Wettest since: 1971 2019
Ties: 1942
Jun 1968–May 1972
48-Month
120.92"
(3,071.37mm)
119.78"
(3,042.41mm)
1.14"
(28.96mm)
68th Driest Driest since: 1971 1956
55th Wettest Wettest since: 1961 2019
Jun 1967–May 1972
60-Month
151.00"
(3,835.40mm)
149.64"
(3,800.86mm)
1.36"
(34.54mm)
65th Driest Driest since: 1971 1957
57th Wettest Wettest since: 1962 2020

Citing This Page

  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental information, Climate at a Glance: National Time Series, published January 2021, retrieved on January 22, 2021 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/