Rain Totals Across The State

KELO Falls Park Flooding

It’s a typical summer in KELOLAND, a state of the extremes. Parts of Brown, Spink, and Faulk Counties are in a severe drought with a lesser drought in the west.

At the same time, the southeast is dealing with too much rain. Flooding in parks and roadways were the norm this morning. Many streets were closed off in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa due to all the rain. And the bike path around Sioux Falls was closed off in areas where the river rose just a little too much.

And of course, all that water has to go somewhere and much of it is flowing through Falls Park, causing the falls to be quite the site. So the big question today is how much rain fell?

Areas like Yankton and Vermillion saw around two to four inches of rain.

The Mitchell area had about one to two inches. Montrose has reported over three inches of rain.

Brookings got some rain and on any other day of the year, three-quarters of an inch of rain would be impressive.

The bullseye off all this rain was over the Luverne, to Sioux Falls, to Parker area where up to six to seven inches fell. Any records that were broken, will likely be found in that heavy band of rain.

Reports out of southwest Minnesota were few and far between but highest reports ranged from three to six inches. 

Northwest Iowa had a wide range of reports from one to five inches of rain in the span of 30 to 40 miles.

Thanks to all those who have sent in or reported those rainfall amounts as having those extra reports really help tell the story that would get missed if we only relied on reports from airport surface stations.

And just glancing at the forecast, it looks like the rain and storms potential continue with the best chance for widespread thunderstorms early next week. Then we’ll dry a little bit and see temperatures warm to near 90 degrees again. 

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