April Showers Sleep In For 2015: May Downpour Most Since Records Began

April showers, as the saying goes, bring May flowers. Apparently, though, in Earth's new climate regime there is a corollary to this, which goes something like, "May downpours bring deadly floods and all-time rainfall records." At least that was the case this year. According to data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, May was the wettest month on record in the contiguous U.S. NOAA says the average May precipitation total for the lower 48 states was 4.36 inches, which was 1.45 inches above average. This was the wettest May on record, and the wettest month of any month since instrument record-keeping began in 1895.