Near Record Wet First Half of 2013 - KMSP-TV

Near Record Wet First Half of 2013

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The first half of the year, the country has really been split into 2 pieces; the wet and the dry. The jet stream has been pretty much parked in its current orientation flowing up and over the West Coast and then diving into the Midwest and East Coast. Since the jet stream is the steering current for storms in the atmosphere, many of them have gone up and over the western U.S. and then dive down into the High Plains, Midwest, and slide out the East Coast. This is very evident by the expandable picture above showing a record wet Great Lakes region which includes the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan, but then a record dry first half for the Desert Southwest including California and Nevada. Broken down into states though, Minnesota does not show a record wet start to the year, however we were quite close with the 3rd wettest first 6 months ever.

Several states around us posted their wettest year on record including, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois… and really much of the Mississippi river valley posted well above average totals for the first 6 months. This explains the several bouts of river flooding that have occurred along the river through 2013. If you break down the areas even further, you can see the regions of the state that really benefited from Mother Nature with southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin posting their wettest first 6 months ever.

This record wet start includes southern and eastern parts of the Metro southward all the way to the Iowa and Illinois borders. I'd say that the western Metro has more than made up for it in the first part of July though with 3-6 inches of rain falling in many areas already. Of course, it's been cool as well, but it's just not as big of a below average dip as what we have seen in the past. This ranks as our 27th coldest start to a year for the state…which would actually rank Minnesota as the second coldest state of 2013 when you compare to normal temps. It would also show that we would be in the 20th percentile when it comes to warmth.

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