Prevailing climatic conditions during 1992 - May through October
The summer precipitation was unusually heavy, especially during July. The
Nation's summer average temperature was about 20F below normal and the
third coldest on record. After slow start to the summer rainfall in major corn and soybean
growing areas, timely showers of rain in July helped the crops through reproduction.
Elsewhere, summer precipitation was in the wet third of the rankings in all but the East
North Central region, which had near-normal rainfall. Summer temperatures were the second
lowest on record in the East North Central, Central, and South regions, and well below
normal in the Northeast, Southeast, West North Central, and Southwest regions. However,
one effect of a cold pattern east of the Rockies is often unusual warmth in the Far West.
Thus, the Northwest region experienced its 14th warmest summer.