Rain Pushes Precipitation Above Normal, Warmer Weather Ahead

Updated: 05/19/2014 10:22 PM
Created: 05/19/2014 8:19 PM
By: Cassie Hart

The rain is clearing out of Minnesota and the warmer temperatures will follow.

So far this year, we’ve seen more than 13 inches of rain, which is more than 5.5 inches above average, according to KSTP meteorologist Dave Dahl. Hail even littered the ground south of Morris in western Minnesota Monday.

Dave said 2.25 inches fell at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Monday, which is 2.14 inches above normal for a day. He said 3.88 inches fell this month, which is 1.82 inches more than average.

The rain caused some minor flooding and pooling of water on roads and walking trails in the metro.

As of 7 p.m., the National Weather Service reports Menomonie and St. Paul Airport had more than 2 inches, Crystal Airport reports 1.73 inches, Eau Claire Airport received 1.45 inches and Chanhassen saw 1.40 inches.

Average temperatures are on the way; Dave said some parts of the state could see 80 degrees on Tuesday. Highs are expected to be in the 70s for the rest of the week and it will remain dry.

The warmer weather should feel good for some. Dave said we've only had a total of four days this spring with temperatures that hit over the 70-degree mark.

A record 94 degrees was set for May 20 back in 2009. In 1892, a record low for the day was recorded at 31 degrees

Looking ahead to the holiday weekend, Dave said temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to upper 70s, with another shot at 80 by Memorial Day. He says along with the warmth comes humidity. 

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Photo: KSTP-TV
Rain gathers in a parking lot in Burnsville.
Photo courtesy of Timothy Schmandt

Minneapolis/St. Paul

60° | 40°
  • Feels like: 58° F
  • Wind: WNW 17mph
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Mon Cloudy and windy
    48° | 35°
  • Tue Mostly cloudy and windy
    50° | 34°
  • Wed Sunshine
    46° | 30°
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    50° | 34°