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Welcome rain

May 3, 2012

  It’s great to finally see some generous rains. About three-quarters of an inch fell at MSP airport late Tuesday evening, and we saw another three-quarters of an inch late this morning. Rain is very welcome, after our incredibly dry autumn (http://climate.umn.edu/doc/journal/dry_fall_msp_2011.htm), which was followed by below-normal winter snowfall.

   I was at Minnehaha Falls yesterday, and noticed much less water flowing through Minnehaha Creek compared to this time last year. That’s why we don’t have the massive plume of water coming over the falls that we saw one year ago. It’s still a beautiful sight, and I wasn’t the only one taking photos of Minnehaha Falls yesterday afternoon:

               (You can left-click on the photo for a larger view)

   Additional rain will boost creek flows and lake levels around our area. Many Minnesota farmers are hoping for rain too…it will help recharge the soil moisture for the growing season.

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