No wonder Iowa farmers struggled to get crops in the field this spring.
The Hawkeye state had its wettest spring on record and one of its coolest, according to a federal report released Thursday.
Quite a change from last year's extraordinary, warmest spring on record.
Based on 119 years of records, Iowa's spring ranked seventh coolest and Nebraska's 16th coolest, according to the monthly climate report by the National Climatic Data Center.
Nebraska is closing the door on its 31st wettest spring. Nationwide, it was the 38th coolest spring on record.
Last year's warm spring set the stage for the historic drought that followed. This year, though, spring was cool and soggy.
The Hawkeye state was in the bull's-eye of this spring's rain. For the first time, effectively all of Iowa is out of drought, although technically 0.01 percent of the state is classified in drought by the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Nearly 90 percent of Nebraska is in some degree of drought, according to the center, which updated the nation's drought status on Thursday.
According to the calendar, which is based on the movement of the Earth and sun, summer begins at 12:04 a.m. CDT Friday.
For record-keeping purposes, meteorologists consider spring as the months of March, April and May.
Source: National Climatic Data Center