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"Scattered" Showers Live up to Their Name

The Dictionary defines scattered as, “distributed or occurring at widely spaced and usually irregular intervals” and scattered rain showers and the thunderstorms the past two weeks have definitely lived up to their definition. A few rounds of scattered showers/storms have moved through MN/IA, but Rochester (the official climate station for SE Minnesota) only received 0.09” through that time period.

During that same time period, Byron, MN only a few miles away picked up just over ½” of rain. These scattered showers arrived during a peak time for planting and gardeners and our focus turns to drought concerns. Even with a lack of rain in some areas over the past two weeks, our entire viewing area is drought free.

Saturday brought with it another round of scattered showers and storms and Sunday and Monday will bring much of the same. More widespread storms are expected Sunday night into Monday bringing some heavy rain. By noon on Monday some cities could be pick up at least 1” of rain.

After Monday, our weather pattern becomes more settled with some cooler, more average-like temperatures. Another chance for a soaking rain looks possible for Wednesday, especially in Iowa.

Justin Thompson-Gee
Storm Tracker 6 Meteorologist