Thanks, rain! Drought gone from Minnesota, rain comes to metro


The rain swamping much of southern Minnesota at the moment may be a bummer, but the downpour brings with it some good news: the state's drought problems have been washed away.

Drought conditions have been lifted in all parts of Minnesota after seven months of a severe dry spell, the Pioneer Press reports.

The paper says this is due in part to an especially rainy May, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported was the rainiest since they started keeping records 121 years ago.

However, data from the United State Drought Monitor shows that much of the Northland – including Duluth – is still classified as "abnormally dry."

A Sunnier Outlook

Meanwhile, rain continued to pour in the Twin Cities Thursday afternoon, resulting in at least two inches in St. Paul, according to an AccuWeather precipitation map.

The situation is thankfully a lot less dire than the National Weather Service (NWS) was predicting on Wednesday when it issued a flash flood alert.

Officials said the potential for high water in "fast rising streams, drainages and low spots" was "moderate to high" south of the metro, as was the possibility for as much as six inches of rain in certain areas.

However, the predictions did not come to pass, with KTTC Precision Forecast Center reporting on its Facebook page that the Flash Flood Watch had been lifted in all of southern Minnesota (with the exception of Houston City).

In another positive development, the NWS announced that rain would move out of the area by Thursday night to make way for "warmer" and "sunnier" weather over the weekend:

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