Heavy Rainfall Event: May 11-12, 2014

Rainfall totals from May 11-12, 2014

Rainfall totals from May 11-12, 2014
Courtesy: National Weather Service

During the overnight hours of May 11, 2014 the greater Minnesota and western regions of Wisconsin were greeted by more precipitation.  Luckily of most people the rain managed to hold off as long as it did, making those Mother's Day plans work out.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul area experienced rainfall amounts ranging from nearly two inches in the southern parts of Dakota County and parts of Wright County, to a half an inch in the downtown areas. The Twin Cities International Airport saw .69 total for the event.

Heavier bands of rain fell over the southwestern sections of Minnesota leaving many areas with over one inches of rainfall.  This coupled with precipition from the previous day has led to several counties being issued flash flood watches and warning due to the already saturated ground and even more precipitation possible in the near future.

With all the recent precipitation, the Minneapolis/St. Paul area has gone above the monthly running average.  When you go back to last May, we were almost three inches above average.  We went on to have a wet June followed by July and August both being quite dry.  Hopefully this year things become a bit more stable.

Last modified: May 12, 2014

by Brandon Fudali, Climatology Volunteer
For more information contact: climate@umn.edu