A year after historic rainfall devastated a small Minnesota town, the recovery still isn’t complete. And now, the town is losing one of its last remaining businesses. Torrential rains washed away the roads leading into Blakeley Township in Scott County last June.
Unlike the past two days, Thursday was not exactly poolside weather.
South of the cities in Red Wing and in Rochester emergency managers were on standby for up to six inches of rain and flooding. But the heavy stuff went south to Iowa.
Forecasters say there’s a risk of flash flooding in southern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected over southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin, with up to 6 inches in localized areas. A flash flood watch has been issued for those areas.
Rain and wet fields have slowed the alfalfa hay harvest and crop spraying in Minnesota.
The drought is over in the Twin Cities, but dry conditions are still a factor in northern Minnesota. Nearly all of the state had been in drought in early May. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows only about 12 percent of the state in a moderate drought Thursday, down from 25 percent last week.
The rain in the forecast for Monday is already forcing a couple of Memorial Day events indoors. In Prior Lake, the VFW Memorial Day Parade has been canceled, and they’re moving the service from Memorial Park to Twin Oaks Middle School.
After tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rains swept across western Minnesota on Saturday, more severe weather is on the way.
Dry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.
State officials say the week’s forecast of dry and warm weather means that Minnesota will be at risk of high fire danger.
Another shot of winter weather is heading toward southeastern Minnesota.
More than 60 percent of Minnesota has less than two inches of snow cover. That’s causing climatologists to keep a close watch.
Scientists warn the Southwest and Central Plains could face “megadroughts” during the second half of this century. And they could last for decades. The scientists write in a study in the journal Science Advances that global warming will lead to “unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years.
Following a week filled with subzero temperatures, Minnesotans woke up Sunday morning to see the mercury climb into the fifties.
It’s been one of the more colorful falls many of us can remember. The trees got their colors early, and many are still showing vivid oranges and yellows that we haven’t seen in years. Some parts of the state are just hitting their peak now.
The Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox game has been postponed by rain. Friday night’s rainout was rescheduled for a traditional doubleheader beginning Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CST.
The game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because of rain. The Twins and Indians will play a doubleheader Thursday starting at 12:05 p.m. The game was called off about two hours before it was supposed to begin.
John Hines sits in for Dave Lee and finds out about severe weather in Central Minnesota.
Thunderstorms have swept across western and central Minnesota, causing street flooding and wiping out an orchard’s apple crop the day before it was to be picked. The National Weather Service reports 2.7 inches of rain fell at the St. Cloud Regional Airport on Wednesday.
Friday was MPR Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. MPR did live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park throughout the day. And despite the weather there were still plenty of things going on in the rain, and plenty of stories to share.
Widespread rains have slowed Minnesota’s small grain harvest but also have improved row crop and pasture conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 4.5 days were suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota during the week that ended Sunday.
Minnesota’s crops caught some much-needed rain over the weekend in an otherwise dry week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crops progress and condition report for Minnesota that six days were rated suitable for fieldwork across the state last week.
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Minnesota farmers were able to get a lot of field work done last week, thanks to the lack of rain. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there were 6.2 days suitable for field work in Minnesota for the week ending Sunday. That marks the most days suitable for any week so far this season.
Fans at the Home Run Derby experienced a little wind, a little cold and even a little rain at one point, but very few people seemed to mind. Whether it was their first All-Star Home Run Derby experience or one of many, fans were excited to see it back in Minneapolis, at Target Field.
Friday morning started out with a significant dose of fresh rain in the Twin Cities, causing a number of problems for commuters. There were some areas where the rain fell fast enough to cause localized flash flooding.