Some get a summer's worth of rain in just a few hours

- The term “heavy rain” doesn’t quite express how truly remarkable some of Wednesday night’s rainfall total are.  Widespread amounts of 2 to 5 inches fell across the southeast quarter of the state with a couple local spots coming in at nearly 10 inches.  The north metro was one of those spots.  Storms “trained” over the same areas for a few hours creating a perfect recipe for extreme flooding as the rains fell upwards of 3 inches an hour.  The deluge flooded roads and basements, and now has river levels rising quickly across much of the region.  To put the nearly 10” of rain that fell in Maple Grove into perspective, IF that rain had fallen at MSP Airport (the official climate station for the Twin Cities), we would have just experienced the wettest day on record in the metro.  Here are some of those totals…

Now we transition from flash flooding (what we experienced Wednesday night) to river flooding over the next few days and weeks.  The Zumbro river just set a new record crest in southern Goodhue county.  Be aware that all rivers will be rising through the weekend…

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