Wet Summer 2016

Track at the Kandiyohi County Fair Under Water: August 11, 2016
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The Summer of 2016 will be remembered for numerous heavy rain events in Minnesota. (Updated August 31, 2016)

The summer of 2016 was stormy and wet for much of Minnesota. Some places in Pine County saw twelve inches of rain for June alone. For June to August some of the wettest places in the state were Aitkin in Aitkin County with 23.29 inches of rain or 11.60 inches above the 1981-2010 normal. Brownton in McLeod County saw 24.58 inches or 11.78 inches above the 1981-2010 normal. Brainerd in Crow Wing County with 20.69 inches of precipitation or 10.18 inches above normal. Redwood Falls was even wetter with 22.11 inches of precipitation or 11.19 inches above normal. This is the wettest summer on record for Redwood Falls, with 2016 edging 1993 out for first place with 23.34 inches (1993 had 23.08 inches).

There were a few areas of the state that were not above normal for summer 2016 precipitation. Far southwestern Minnesota missed out on some of the heavier showers. Luverne in Rock County wound up with 10.23 inches for the summer or 1.31 inches short of the 1981-2010 normal. Across the border at Sioux Falls, The summer of 2016 was a fairly dry summer with a 3.65 inch deficit.

There were two major flooding events including July 11-12, 2016 and August 10-11, 2016. There were other smaller heavy rain events of the summer as well including June 13, 2016, July 5-7, 2016, July 20, 2016 and July 23-24, 2016


Summer (June-August) 2016 precipitation 
and ranking as of August 31, 2016

Location     Total (in) dept.        Rank          Period of Record
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Redwood Falls 23.34     +11.70        1st wettest  1980-2016*
Twin Cities   17.40      +4.93        8th wettest  1872-2016   
St. Cloud     18.47      +7.33        5th wettest  1893-2016
Rochester     16.58      +2.97       14th wettest  1909-2016
La Crosse     18.24      +5.49       19th wettest  1872-2016
Duluth        13.81      +2.16       35th wettest  1872-2016
Grand Forks   12.13      +2.71       19th wettest  1893-2016
Fargo          9.99       +.83       54th wettest  1881-2016
Sioux Falls    6.36      -3.60       16th driest   1893-2016
 
*Redwood Falls National Weather Service Volunteer site. 
Redwood Falls Airport is 3rd wettest at 19.31 inches. (1892-2016)

 

Last modified: August 31, 2016
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