Wet Start to Summer

Following an exceptionally warm and dry winter, most of the state, including the Minnehaha Creek Watershed, experienced above normal precipitation throughout Spring 2024, according to the MN DNR Climate Journal. 

As of June 7, 2024, the Twin Cities has received approximately 14.77 inches of precipitation since January 1, 2024, which is 3.68 inches above normal for this time of year. From March-May, the watershed received roughly 12.51 inches of rain, which was 4 inches above the seasonal normal. Nearly half of this precipitation fell during the month of May, which saw the largest daily precipitation total in nearly four years on May 21

The above normal rainfall came after the Twin Cities area experienced 33 days without measurable precipitation from Feb. 16 – March 20, which was the second longest streak of its kind on record. Precipitation in late March broke this streak, and the area’s year-to-date precipitation has consistently been above normal since April 16.

also in this update

  • NWS Summer 2024 Weather Outlook
  • Wet Trend Continues with Early June Storm
  • Spring Rains Have Impacted Dam Operations
  • Current Water Levels
  • Gray’s Bay Dam Operations
  • Additional Resources

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