By the end of today, this month could be the second wettest June in Brownwood history, according to National Weather Service records.
A spokesman for the San Angelo office said Wednesday that its Brownwood observation site had measured 9.42 inches of rain so far this month, but that was not expected to hold. The forecast for Brown County on Wednesday night and today called for a 60 to 70 percent chance of “heavy rain.”
The wettest June on record was in 1959 when 12.90 inches fell, and the second was 9.63 in 1961. The wettest month ever in Brownwood was in April 1990, when 14.66 inches was measured.
The National Weather Service has rainfall records dating back to 1888.
Several other years have seen a soggy June, with 9.49 inches in 2000, and 9.44 inches in both 1889 and 1951. If no rain falls in Brownwood before the last day of June on Saturday, the total for this month would come in at sixth place. But even a shower of one-tenth of an inch would push this month into third place for June totals.
With more than 3 inches needed to top the rainiest June ever, that record would seem secure — under normal conditions. But this spring’s weather has been anything but normal, with storms generating 1, 2, 3 inches or more within a matter of hours having been quite common.
If one of those storms again targets Brownwood before this weekend, the monthly record could be eclipsed.