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New All Time Yearly Precipitation Record In Minnesota

30 Nov 2016, 4:43 pm

It isn’t December quite yet and Minnesota already has a new all-time precipitation record. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the city of Waseca has received 53.78″ of precipitation so far this year. The old record was from 1991, when the town of St. Francis recorded 53.52″. Waseca is located in South Central Minnesota, about 75 miles south of Minneapolis. Normal yearly precipitation for Waseca is 35.72″.



The majority of the rain fell during flooding events in August and September. The area picked up more than double the amount of rain it receives typically during those two months. The most rain fell during severe storms on September 21-22. Around 10″ fell in only 48 hours.


Our affiliate in Minneapolis, KARE-TV, posted this report on the flooding event back in September. Our WeatherNation report is located here, showing significant flooding throughout Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. Rainfall was above average for most of the year in these areas as well. Much of Southern Minnesota saw above average precipitation over the Summer months.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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