Soaking Rains in the Heartland

The end of September and the beginning of October has been quite cloudy and rainy in the Heartland.  Since last weekend, rounds of showers and thunderstorms have moved through the central United States on a daily basis.  From the High Plains to the Upper Midwest, a slow moving cold front has been the culprit for the recent wet weather.  During this time of year, farmers typically want dry weather to help accelerate the Fall harvest schedule.  It has been anything but dry lately.

In fact, St. Cloud, Minnesota has had two days in a row of record rainfall. On Monday, 1.55 inches of rain was observed. On Tuesday, St. Cloud picked up 1.36 inches. Several communities throughout Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin saw between 3 and 6 inches of rain since Monday.

A few more showers are in the forecast for midweek.

Heavy rain could impact the region yet again as another system swings through by the end of the work week.

In some cases, rain is a good thing. Drought conditions have worsened in this region over the last couple of months.

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Meteorologist Joe Astolfi