A dent in the drought

Drenching rains the first week of May have helped some of the drought-stricken areas of Minnesota. Rivers and lakes are responding to the two to five inches of rain that fell in the past week.

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Rainfall past seven days, ending 1155pm CDT Sunday

Source: NOAA NWS

The Minnesota River response at Henderson shown in this hydrograph:

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Source: NOAA NWS

The Mississippi River in St. Paul is rising:

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Source; NOAA NWS

The drought status previous to the heavy weekend rains in southern Minnesota:

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Source: Minnesota State Climatologist Office

Sunshine returns today with temperatures near seasonal normals.

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Looking ahead to Saturday, perhaps a graduation day, the temperatures are expected to be mild. Thinking about planting the annuals? Why not!

1 p.m. temperature forecast from NAM for Saturday, May 12th:

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Source: Twisterdata.com

-Craig Edwards

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