Live long enough and you'll see almost everything. Even two "mega-rains" in one year. A mega-rain is defined as 6 inches of rain over at least 1,000 square miles, with a core of 8 inches. "This is the first time we've seen two mega-rains in one year" said Pete Boulay at the State Climatology Office.
Boulay adds that the storm that unleashed over 10 inches on Waseca last week didn't qualify as "mega" because it had only 300-500 square miles of 6-inch rains. Welcome to what may become Minnesota's wettest year on record, statewide.
Mother Nature must be a golf fan. Expect cool sun much of today as chilly winds ease up. Talk about serendipity: this year's Ryder Cup (have you heard about this?) falls on some of the best weather of the entire year. A weak storm stalls over Michigan, but a bubble of high pressure overhead treats us to lukewarm sun and a cool breeze Thursday into Monday morning. Somehow we were able to squeeze a world-class golfing event between floods this year.
NOAA expects frosty air into the metro in two weeks. Will mega-rains give way to mega-snows? Stay tuned.