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Wet and Cool July Pattern About to Change

Wet and Cool July Pattern About to Change: July continues to be somewhat cooler than normal (1°F to 3°F below normal) and certainly wetter than normal so far, especially in west-central and southeastern counties. Many climate observers have already reported over 2.5 inches of rain so far. Portions of Olmsted, Freeborn, and Winona Counties have reported over 4 inches of rain. Within the state climate reporting network over a dozen new daily rainfall amounts have been reported mostly from spotty thunderstorms. Some examples: 2.36 inches at Baudette (Lake of the Woods County) on July 1st 2.15 inches at Waskish (Beltrami County) on July 2nd 2.20 inches at Bruno (Pine County) on July 5th 1.90 inches at Zumbrota (Goodhue County) on July 5th 1.70 inches at Litchfield (Meeker County) on July 5th 1.60 inches at Lamberton (Redwood County) on July 10th 2.10 inches at Milaca (Mille Lacs County) on July 10th With the addition of a wet start to July there are over a dozen climate stations that n

Precipitation for the first half of 2024

Precipitation for the first half of 2024: The first few days of July have started cooler and wetter than normal. The wetness signature carries on a 3-month long trend. After starting the year with three drier than normal months (Jan-Mar), Minnesota reported a record-setting wet April through June with unsurpassed surplus of precipitation. Over 120 climate stations have already reported over 25 inches of precipitation through the first half of the year. Communities in Rice, Faribault, and Wabasha Counties have reported over 30 inches of precipitation so far. At least 60 communities are reporting 2024 precipitation amounts that are from 6 to 12 inches above normal. As we look around the state the annual normal precipitation varies from around 24 inches in northwestern counties to as high as 37 inches in southeastern counties. Many climate stations already report between 70 to 90 percent of normal annual precipitation, and the year is only half concluded! Even if precipitation is c