Is this a good time to remind you that the past 12 months have been the wettest on record? Twin Cities statistics go back to 1837. From August 2016 to July 2017, 40.72 inches of rain fell.
That's well above the latest 30-year average for annual MSP rainfall of 31 inches — which is 20 percent wetter than the 1941-1970 rainfall average of 26 inches.
Climatologist Mark Seeley shared these records with me, underscoring our new reality: it's trending wetter over time. A warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor, fueling heavier rains and warm-season storms. That's not a climate model — that's staring out at the water in a rain gauge.
NOAA models print out as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain today and tonight as the latest stormy swirl pushes across the state. Typical for May; a little odd for mid-August.
The first half of the month has been about 3 degrees cooler than average, but computer guidance shows a warming trend. No sweaty spell of 90s, but 80s should be fairly common from this weekend into Labor Day.