June rain totals above average for most of W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Much of West Virginia experienced higher than average rain totals during the month of June, according to the National Weather Service.

“With these recent storms through the month of June, basically, the central and northern part of the state got on the wet side,” said NWS Meteorologist John Sikora.

The central to northern part of the state had above normal precipitation last month, just about two inches more than the average June number. South of the Huntington-Charleston line down into the coal fields saw less rain.

Huntington reported 5.2 inches of rain, Parkersburg saw 5.89, Elkins saw a huge number of 8.52 for the month and Charleston had 5.98 inches.

“Normal for the general area is 4.25 to 5.5 inches depending on where you are in the state,” said Sikora.

Southern West Virginia was “abnormally dry” on the drought monitor, Sikora said, but with the recent rain, that area should be back up to normal numbers again.

“The rest of the state is basically above normal for the start of July,” he said.