2 Inches of Rain Reported Near Rochester – Expect More Tonight
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The National Weather Service is reporting some impressive rainfall totals across southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.
The National Weather Service station at the Rochester Airport recorded 9-tenths of an inch of rain Friday night and a few hundredths of an inch of additional rain early Saturday morning. It was the highest one-day rainfall total recorded at the Rochester Airport since July 22, when the precipitation total was 1.04 inches. The rainfall reports from other areas of the city were generally around 1.5 inches, although there were significantly higher reports, including 2.02 Inches near Douglas just north of the city.
Elsewhere in southeastern Minnesota, 2.86 inches of rain was reported in Houston County near Eitzen, 2.7 inches fell on Harmony in Fillmore County, and 2.16 inches was reported in Winona County at Altura. The heavy showers that visited Fillmore and Houston Counties were especially helpful since those areas have been experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions.
The heaviest rains fell in northeast Iowa where the precipitation totals exceeded 3 inches in some areas. In the last report, the highest rainfall total from the storm system was found near Decorah, Iowa at 3.26 inches.
The National Weather Service says there is a good chance the region will see additional rain late this afternoon and tonight. In Rochester, there is a 90% chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight with the potential for another half-inch of precipitation. There is also a slight risk of severe weather from the storm system in parts of southeastern Minnesota, while there is a higher risk throughout south-central and southwestern Minnesota tonight.
The much-needed rains are getting the blame for the cancellation of an outdoor concert that was set to attract thousands of people to a farm just outside Eyota. The Luke Bryant Farm Tour made the announcement late Saturday morning.