NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - May was the wettest month on record in the contiguous United States.
The May precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 4.36 inches, 1.45 inches above average, according to the NOAA. This was the wettest May on record, and the wettest month of any month, in the 121-years of record keeping.
The analysis of U.S. precipitation is based on data back to January 1895, resulting in 121 years of data.
The statistics were not as jarring for New Orleans. Although the city saw more than double its typical May rainfall total, New Orleans recorded only the 10th wettest May on record. To clarify - that's the 10th wettest May, not the 10th wettest month.
New Orleans recorded 9.14 inches throughout the month. This is almost double the typical May rainfall total, according to the National Weather Service. The record rainfall in New Orleans for the month of May was 21.18 inches in 1995.