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More Rain than All of Last Year

Updated: 06/10/2013 10:22 PM
Created: 06/10/2013 10:00 PM KSTP.com

It goes without saying, but this Spring has been wet, the wettest on record with 21.90" of precipitation. (Both rain & melted snow)

In 2012 we struggled to get a lick of rain with Severe to Exceptional Drought conditions set in place.  Last year precipitation amounts for Northern Iowa and SE Minnesota were 60 to 80% of normal.    The average amount of precipitation in any given year is around 32 to 35".  In 2012, amounts ranged from 17 to 26".

We're a little short of half way through the year and some places have already seen more precipitation than the entire year of 2012!  Officially for SE Minnesota Rochester is a good thunderstorm away from eclipsing the 2013 total short by about 0.2" with 24.64" this year.  Here's the breakdown as of June 10th for a few communities locally.  Those more 2013 precip than 2012 are highlighted

 

City 2012 Precipitation 2013 Precipitation Yearly Average
Albert Lea 19.64" 24.01" 33.89"
Austin 20.24" 20.66" 32.93"
Britt 21.01" 16.96" 32.68"
Charles City 21.68" 27.45" 34.83"
Forest City 18.23" 19.11" 32.34"
Grand Meadow 27.85" 26.23" 35.31"
Kanawha 22.21" 21.19" N/A
Lake Mills 24.71" 22.53" N/A
Mason City 23.30" 20.42" 35.19"
Northwood 21.06" 20.58" N/A
Preston 24.27" 28.10" 35.24"
Rochester 24.64" 24.85" 33.01"

 

In case you're wondering... here's the Top 10 wettest (and driest) years for Rochester.  It's a record we'll keep a close track on going forward as we're well on our way to getting there.

Storm Tracker 6 Chief Meteorologist
Chris Kuball