3.95" so far at MSP. Wettest Day since 2005; 8th Wettest since 1871
June 19, 2014 — 2:03pm
24 Hour Rainfall. MSP International Airport in Richfield has picked up 3.95", with the south metro seeing the heaviest rains since midnight, over 4" at Eden Prairie and Edina with 6" reported at Carver. Keep in mind average monthly rainfall for June is just over 4". Many neighborhoods picked up a month's worth of rain in 5-8 hours this morning, falling on top of saturated ground. It's the most rain to fall since October 4, 2005, when 4.61" of rain fell at MSP.
From Pete Boulay at the Minnesota Climate Office:
June 2014 has been memorable for the widespread rain events across Minnesota and will finish as one of the wettest Junes on record in the Twin Cities. June 19 is also the wettest calendar day in the Twin Cities in nine years. So far the Twin Cities International Airport has recorded 3.95 inches of rain as of 1pm on June 19th. This is enough to be the 8th wettest calendar day on record in the Twin Cities with records going back to 1871. The highest calendar day rainfall total is 9.15 inches on July 23, 1987 in the "Super Storm." The last time there was a rainfall total on a calendar day higher than June 19th in the Twin Cites was 4.61 inches on October 4, 2005.
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We may see these conditions over southwestern Minnesota later today, where a Blizzard Watch has been posted. Get your travel done early from Alexandria and Willmar to Mankato; the drive home from that Super Bowl party may be pretty rough. Check the Blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
20s didn't feel too bad out there yesterday; today and Sunday (morning) should feel even better as temperatures flirt with freezing. Enjoy the attempted thaw, because a week from now temperatures may be dipping below zero. A couple of clippers are brewing; Sunday's swirl of low pressure will whip up 30-35 mph gusts capable of white-out conditions, especially Red River Valley and western Minnesota.
Another coating of snow is expected today as a weak clipper drifts overhead. It may be considerably more than a coating late Sunday into Monday as colder air approaches. A few inches of snow coupled with 30+ mph winds will whip up the snow already on the ground, resulting in poor travel conditions, especially outside the metro area. It does turn colder next week, but nothing brutal, considering it's February in Minnesota...
A few nuisance snows are on the way; one today, another coating to 1" possible tomorrow, maybe some blowing and drifting on Super Bowl Sunday as colder air approaches. Enjoy a fleeting weekend thaw, because February chill returns next week. Long-range models still hint at a Pacific thaw the latter half of February, but winter isn't nearly done with us yet.
I know, imagine that: it actually snowed like they said it would, in fact a little more than they said it would. Most spots in the metro wound up with 5-10", as much as a foot in Oakdale. Nice to see it can still snow in the Twin Cities. A slow AM commute gives way to a much better drive home later today; moderate temperatures into Super Bowl Sunday. And then next week we all get a rude reminder that it's still February.