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Rain Returns, More This Weekend

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Rain returned to much of the area Wednesday night and Thursday as a vigorous storm rolled through the Upper Midwest.  Many areas were fortunate though to just deal with the heavy rainfall and not the usual components of severe weather like large hail and damaging winds.  But the rain was certainly enough with many areas of Minnesota and Iowa recording another 1 to 3 inches on fairly saturated ground.  Many of the rain totals that were received by the national weather are posted in the pictures below.  The official rain buckets for each city are in the picture to your left.  Pretty easy to see where the heavy rain fell.

Now that more rain has fallen on recently dry ground, the drought conditions that have been experienced off and on for the past few months have now all but disappeared.  Here is a look at the drought conditions across the country as of Tuesday.  When this gets updated in the coming days, there will likely be no areas in the Upper Midwest with drought conditions.

Now compare that graphic with the drought monitor from less then 6 weeks ago…. a pretty substantial difference.

Well, if you don’t like the rain, unfortunately for many especially in the east, more rain is on the way with upwards of another inch possible in the next few days.  Here is the forecast from the Hydrological Prediction Center between now and Monday evening.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, but stay informed of the weather because the chances for severe weather could return as early as Saturday night.

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