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Downpours, thunderstorms make for a soggy June

June left a soggy smudge in Buffalo’s big book of weather records.

At the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, where the official measurements are taken, nearly twice as much rain fell as usual. In all, 7.16 inches were registered, 3.5 inches above normal.

Sudden downpours and marauding thunderstorms made some localities even wetter than that. Friday’s deluge hit Niagara County and northern Erie County with 1.5 to 2 inches of rain, while Buffalo’s official total was just 0.75 inch. Flooding on Friday closed highways in Amherst and Lockport.

As wet months go, however, it played second fiddle to June 2010, which saw nearly an inch more rain. In 2012, June came up an inch short, leading to drought conditions later in the summer.

Adding to the dreary note this year was the number of heavily cloudy days – 10 of them, one out of every three, which discouraged trips to the beach and added to the worries of wedding planners. The average in recent years has been six or seven.

Not only was it damp and cloudy, but it also was chilly. The average temperature of 65.7 was only 0.6 degree below normal, but this came after three straight years when June was a degree or more warmer than usual.

Hottest days were June 22 and 23, when the mercury hit 85. Coldest were June 3 and 4 when it dipped to 47, not uncommon for the early days of the month. By comparison, the highest reading last June was 89.

Now that Buffalo’s best weather month – July – is here, there’s no improvement, thanks to a weak cold front that’s sitting behind a low-pressure trough that extends from Canada to the Tennessee Valley.

Monday’s high was just 70, while the normal high for the date is 79. There also was more rain, although it was only one-tenth of an inch officially.

More rain is in the outlook for today, with another tenth of an inch predicted, more in thunderstorms; and still more Wednesday, up to a quarter of an inch. Cooler temperatures are expected today, but the 80s are due to return on Wednesday.

You’ll need a rainy day plan for the Fourth of July, too, meteorologists are saying. Showers and thundershowers are likely in the afternoon. For a truly perfect picnic weather, sunny and dry, forecasters say we’ll have to wait until Saturday.