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May brought lots of clouds, but not record-setting rainfall

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It's been a wet month for Minnesota, with 21 days of rain in May (so far), FOX 9 reported. (The National Weather Service is calling for a 22nd day today, with a chance of thundershowers in the metro.)

The much-needed moisture has brought considerable drought relief to the state – 3 percent of Minnesota's landscape (a pocket in southwest Minnesota) is classified as in "severe" drought, FOX reported. In April, 67 percent of Minnesota was in either in "extreme" or "severe" drought.

But FOX notes that about 6 inches of rain so far this month has not been enough to land May 2013 in the record books. Here are the top 15 wettest Mays for the state, FOX says:

10.33"...1906
9.34"...2012
8.14"...1908
8.03"...1962
7.87"...1933
7.86"...1965
7.18"...1879
6.97"...1938
6.97"...1916
6.78"...1942
6.66"...1892
6.56"...1999
6.39"...2004
6.35"...1991
6.20"...1983

The metro needs about a quarter of an inch Friday to land in that top 15, WCCO reported.

If it has felt a lot gloomier than the rainfall totals suggest, there are reasons for that. This has been the third-coldest spring (March-May) on record in Minnesota, MPR reported.

And this May is likely to finish as the second- or third-cloudiest in 50 years, assistant state climatologist Pete Boulay told the Star Tribune.

Weekend weather? Expect a "showery" Saturday and a beautiful Sunday with lots of sun and lower humidity in the metro, WCCO reported.

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