Greenville, county gets rain, relief from heat

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Greenville and Butler County residents got welcome relief from sweltering pre-summer heat Tuesday as steady day-long rains drenched the area.

More than an inch of rain was registered Monday and Tuesday at the Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport, easing parched conditions that set record high early June temperatures, caused havoc for farmers and outdoor enthusiasts and created potential fire hazards throughout the state.

Tuesday's rainfall measured 1.34 inches as of 5 p.m. That total followed Monday rain that measured .96 of an inch and was an abrupt change in conditions that saw only .23 of an inch of rainfall during the 30 days of May and just .79 of an inch fall during the first 17 days of June.

Monthly totals had fallen 3.91 inches short of normal precipitation expectations in May and were tracking at an additional 2.79 less than the norm in June until the needed rainfall.

Though summer doesn't officially begin until Thursday, area residents saw high temperatures exceed the 100-degree mark four times during the first two weeks of June, setting records on three consecutive days (June 9-10-11) and a fourth (June 6) with readings of 100 degrees twice and 101 degrees twice. The highest June figure on record is 106, registered June 27, 1881.