2016 is the Wettest Year on Record in Minneapolis
Heavy rain on Christmas was fitting for Minneapolis this year. It has been a very wet year in the Twin Cities and the Christmas precipitation put 2016 into the record books as the wettest year ever.
The previous top 5 annual precipitation years in Minneapolis:
2016 – 40.32 inches
1911 – 40.15 inches
1965 – 39.94 inches
1983 – 39.07 inches
1881 – 39.06 inches
Average annual precipitation in Minneapolis is 32.04″, according to the Minnesota DNR and Climatology office.
Through November, statewide yearly precipitation was sitting at the third wettest on record. Above average December moisture helped to put Minneapolis over the yearly record. Other areas in the state of Minnesota had already broken precipitation records after only 11 months.
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) December 2, 2016
Surprisingly, no monthly precipitation records were set. According to the National Weather Service in Chanhasssen, MN, August was the closest to setting a record at 6th on the monthly wettest list:
Here are the monthly ranks:
Dec*: 13th (through 12/25)
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) December 26, 2016
Precipitation records for Minneapolis date back to 1871. With a few more days left in the year, the total may climb slightly with a chance for snow on Thursday.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels