July was the fifth-wettest on record for the lower 48 states, according to the monthly climate report issued Thursday by the National Climatic Data Center.
Extreme precipitation across the southern half of the country drove that ranking.
As we all know, it certainly wasn't very wet in Nebraska and Iowa.
Omaha saw its second-driest July ever, topped only by July 2012, when barely a drop of rain fell on the city.
Iowa saw its 10th-driest July, while Nebraska recorded its 30th driest. The period of record is 119 years.
Here's a map of statewide precipitation rankings: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/national/Statewideprank/201307-201307.gif
One of the things that's interesting about July was how close heavy rains fell to areas that were nearly devoid of moisture.
A corridor of dryness extended from Minnesota through Iowa and eastern Nebraska and into northern Missouri.
That corridor abutted extremely wet areas of southern Missouri and Kansas, where flooding has been a problem.
This map — http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/national/Divisionalprank/201307-201307.gif — shows that contrast in the central United States.
Source: National Climatic Data Center