Flooding Rains: June 14, 2012

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Summary

Torrential rains fall on Goodhue, Rice and Dakaota County causing flooding.

Torrential rains fell during the afternoon and evening of June 14 in Goodhue, Rice and Dakota Counties. Hardest hit was northern Goodhue County with reports of six to eight inches. The highest 24 hour total found so far is 8.83 inches from a National Weather Service Cooperative observer located in Cannon Falls. Another volunteer observer reported 8.40 inches in Stanton Township in northwestern Goodhue County. Another observer located in Northfield in Rice County recorded 7.13 inches.

The 8.83 inches measured at Cannon Falls is the largest 24-hour total June rainfall measured at a Minnesota National Weather Service Volunteer Cooperative station in the history of the program. The previous record was 8.67 inches measured on June 17, 1957 at Minneota.

The focus for the heavy rain was a stalled warm front that was draped across southern Minnesota.

The heavy downpours caused flooding in basements in the hard hit areas, as well as rapidly rising rivers. The Little Cannon River near Cannon Falls rose twelve feet in about ten hours and set a new record crest. The Cannon River at Welch was near a record crest by 10am June 15. Numerous roads were closed in Goodhue County, including Highway 52 during the evening of the 14th. People were being asked to evacuate their homes in parts of Cannon Falls.

Public Information Statements and Storm Reports courtesy the National Weather Service.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1045 AM CDT FRI JUN 15 2012

...PRECIPITATION REPORTS FROM HEAVY RAINFALL THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

HEAVY RAIN FELL ACROSS A PORTION OF SOUTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL
MINNESOTA BETWEEN THE TWIN CITIES AND ROCHESTER...AS WELL AS A SMALL
PORTION OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN NEAR THE MINNESOTA BORDER IN
PIERCE AND PEPIN COUNTIES...BETWEEN THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 14TH AND
THE MORNING OF JUNE 15TH. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 2.5 INCHES OR GREATER
ARE LISTED BELOW. SEVERAL AREAS IN GOODHUE...RICE AND DAKOTA
COUNTIES EXPERIENCED FLOODING.

...LOCATION...                             ...TIME...      ...AMT...
CANNON FALLS 2SW (GOODHUE MN) (COOP)       704 AM JUN 15     8.83 IN
VASA (GOODHUE MN) (APRSWXNET)              825 AM JUN 15     6.87 IN
4 SE RED WING (GOODHUE MN) (COCORAHS)      800 AM JUN 15     6.52 IN
RED WING DAM 3 (GOODHUE MN) (COOP)         600 AM JUN 15     6.37 IN
3 SSW DUNDAS   (RICE MN) (COCORAHS)        630 AM JUN 15     6.02 IN
6 S RED WING (GOODHUE MN) (COCORAHS)       700 AM JUN 15     5.80 IN
1 ESE NORTHFIELD (RICE MN) (COCORAHS)      700 AM JUN 15     5.51 IN
4 E NERSTRAND (GOODHUE MN) (COCORAHS)      800 AM JUN 15     5.13 IN
KENYON (GOODHUE MN) (COCORAHS)             700 AM JUN 15     4.54 IN
GOODHUE (GOODHUE MN) (UCOOP)               530 AM JUN 15     4.43 IN
1 ENE OWATONNA (STEELE MN) (COCORAHS)      630 AM JUN 15     4.18 IN
1 ENE OWATONNA (STEELE MN) (COCORAHS)      600 AM JUN 15     4.10 IN
3 SSW ELKO (RICE MN) (APRSWXNET)           813 AM JUN 15     4.00 IN
1 S HAMPTON (DAKOTA MN) (HIDEN MNGAGE)     700 AM JUN 15     3.74 IN
3 ENE MONTGOMERY (RICE MN) (COCORAHS)      530 AM JUN 15     3.50 IN
1 W VESELI (RICE MN) (COCORAHS)            500 AM JUN 15     3.48 IN
3 E MONTGOMERY (LE SUEUR MN) (COCORAHS)    700 AM JUN 15     3.41 IN
FARIBAULT (RICE MN) (COOP)                 700 AM JUN 15     3.28 IN
ELLENDALE (STEELE MN) (COCORAHS)           700 AM JUN 15     3.05 IN
ZUMBROTA (GOODHUE MN) (COOP)               700 AM JUN 15     2.99 IN
FARMINGTON CWSU (DAKOTA MN) (UCOOP)        500 AM JUN 15     2.95 IN
3 NE STOCKHOLM (PEPIN WI) (COCORAHS)       800 AM JUN 15     2.88 IN
1 SSW FARMINGTON (DAKOTA MN)               916 AM JUN 15     2.86 IN
2 SSE FARMINGTON (DAKOTA MN) (COCORAHS)    700 AM JUN 15     2.77 IN
2 NNE ZUMBROTA (GOODHUE MN) (COCORAHS)     700 AM JUN 15     2.74 IN
1 SSW HASTINGS (DAKTOA MN) (COCORAHS)      600 AM JUN 15     2.70 IN
7 ENE WALDORF (WASECA MN) (APRSWXNET)      927 AM JUN 15     2.62 IN
1 NW LAKE CITY (GOODHUE MN) (COCORAHS)     700 AM JUN 15     2.60 IN
WASECA EXP STATION (WASECA MN) (COOP)      800 AM JUN 15     2.55 IN
NEW PRAGUE (SCOTT MN) (APRSWXNET)          835 AM JUN 15     2.52 IN
1 WNW PRESCOTT (PIERCE WI) (COCORAHS)      800 AM JUN 15     2.50 IN


OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURES. NOT ALL DATA LISTED IS CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS ITS PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PARTNERS
FOR PROVIDING US WITH THIS DATA.


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
840 AM CDT FRI JUN 15 2012

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0305 PM     HAIL             ST CROIX FALLS          45.41N 92.63W
06/14/2012  M0.88 INCH       POLK               WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HAIL RANGED BETWEEN DIME AND NICKEL SIZE.

0328 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     CUMBERLAND              45.54N 92.02W
06/14/2012                   BARRON             WI   TRAINED SPOTTER

            2 SPOTTED W AND NW OF CUMBERLAND...THEY WERE TO FAR AWAY
            TO TELL IF TOUCHED DOWN. ALSO REPORTED QUARTER SIZED HAIL


0336 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     3 S MIKANA              45.55N 91.60W
06/14/2012                   BARRON             WI   PUBLIC

0403 PM     TSTM WND DMG     NORTHFIELD              44.45N 93.17W
06/14/2012                   RICE               MN   EMERGENCY MNGR

            10 TO 12 INCH TREES DOWN AT 9TH AND WATER STREET

0458 PM     HAIL             6 E GOODHUE             44.40N 92.49W
06/14/2012  E1.00 INCH       GOODHUE            MN   PUBLIC

            MOSTLY NICKELS WITH A FEW QUARTERS...TIME ESTIMATED FROM
            RADAR

0509 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     2 SE FARIBAULT          44.28N 93.25W
06/14/2012                   RICE               MN   STORM CHASER

0700 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BOMBAY                  44.28N 92.89W
06/14/2012                   GOODHUE            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            MULTIPLE REPORTS OF WIND DAMAGE...INCLUDING TREES SNAPPED
            OFF...BARNS AND LIVESTOCK DAMAGED AND INJURED AND POWER
            LINES DOWN FROM KENYON TO WANAMINGO AND ZUMBROTA.

0815 PM     TSTM WND DMG     FAIRMONT                43.64N 94.46W
06/14/2012                   MARTIN             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED LARGE TREE DOWN BLOCKING THE
            ROAD...TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR

0844 PM     FLASH FLOOD      WASTEDO                 44.40N 92.85W
06/14/2012                   GOODHUE            MN   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            HIGHWAY 52 CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER.

0844 PM     FLASH FLOOD      NERSTRAND               44.34N 93.06W
06/14/2012                   RICE               MN   DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

            HIGHWAY 246 CLOSED AT COUNTY ROAD 26 DUE TO HIGH WATER.

0846 PM     FLASH FLOOD      STANTON                 44.47N 93.02W
06/14/2012                   GOODHUE            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HIGHWAY 19 CLOSED BETWEEN STANTON AND NORTHFIELD DUE TO
            HIGH WATER.

1000 PM     HEAVY RAIN       2 SW CANNON FALLS       44.50N 92.93W
06/14/2012  M8.41 INCH       GOODHUE            MN   CO-OP OBSERVER

1155 PM     HEAVY RAIN       RED WING                44.58N 92.60W
06/14/2012  E6.75 INCH       GOODHUE            MN   TRAINED SPOTTER

            FELL BETWEEN 1630 AND 2330 CDT.

0527 AM     FLOOD            CANNON FALLS            44.52N 92.90W
06/15/2012                   GOODHUE            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            HIGHWAY 20...CANNON FALLS BLVD CLOSED IN TOWN AMD SOME
            HOME EVACUATIONS DUE TO RISING WATER.
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