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Running a Recent Deficit

Running a Recent Deficit Photo: Iowa Environmental Mesonet.

August 14, 2019 06:10 PM

The way Spring and Summer started it's hard to imagine that we'd be running a bit of a deficit over the last three and a half weeks.  But in some areas, that's what's happening.

Timely rains have happened, but the problem is the rain didn't impact everyone in our area.  Since July 21, 0.98" of rain has fallen in Rochester.  Some other locations have seen as little as 1/2" in parts of Dodge, Olmsted and Fillmore Counties in Minnesota and Hancock and Mitchell Counties in Iowa... some 10-25% of normal for the timeframe.  

Others are on par for the timeframe reaching up towards 4" in spots.

The near term does hold a couple of chances for rain through the weekend.  Taking into account the first, Thursday night, widespread amounts of 1/4" to 1/2" are looking possible.  Isolated spots will see more, but this won't be a rain to make up for the recent deficit in one sitting.

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To show you just how impressive our wet start to the year has been, we're sitting at 36.35" of rain/snow equivalent precipitation in Rochester.  That mark is still over 2" more than our closest competitor, year to date.  That #2 spot is 1990 at 34.26".  Despite the dry streak, we 

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