2016 is now one of the wettest in Minnesota history

- If the Twin Cities didn’t get another drop of rain or flake of snow the rest of the year, we would still finish 2016 above average for precipitation.  That stat in itself is amazing, but if you look around at other spots across the state, you realize that the official climate spot for the metro, MSP Airport, has seen several inches less than areas just a few miles away.  This makes the first stat even more ridiculous.  Not to mention, the metro is experiencing its 6th wettest start to a year on record through September 24th with more than 31 inches of rain.  That’s even more rain than “the year without a summer” in 1997 and roughly the same amount as the major summer flood year of just a couple years ago when many area lakes and rivers had no wake zones through the summer because of high water.

Amazingly enough, just like the metro, Minnesota as a whole is experiencing its 6th wettest start on record.  Don’t want to forget about our neighbors to the east either… Wisconsin is now at its 4th wettest start ever… dating back to 1885!   Some parts of the 2 states have seen more than a foot of rain over what is typically received by this point in the year, including parts of the northwest metro like Maple Grove… who has seen over 10 inches of rain in just the last few days.  Check out precipitation estimates for every county in the state and parts of the region…

The first map shows total precipitation followed by just how far above or below average we are.  As you can see for yourself, with the exception of some extremely isolated spots in western and northern Minnesota and parts of northeast Wisconsin, we are WELL above average everywhere!  This is good news for groundwater reserves as they will be rising in the coming months, but has had many negative effects as well… like plenty of flooding and now delaying the fall leaf season because trees hang onto their green color longer when it’s very wet.

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