A return to rain is the last thing most of us want to hear in the forecast. Here is how we got to this point and what’s brewing in the near future:
A nice break in the cool and wet pattern is being enjoyed by many, but it’s only a matter of time before the rain train arrives again. The raw numbers tell a compelling story.
For Sioux Falls, 2018 was a record year for moisture and the trend hasn’t stopped. Sioux Falls has now registered 51.41 inches of precipitation since January 1st, 2018. That’s nearly 20 inches above normal.
Worthington, MN is even worse, now over 20 inches above normal in the past 17 months.
The numbers are much different to the north, however. Aberdeen had dry weather spells last year and is still below normal during the same time period.
Even Huron is about normal for moisture levels at a total just under 30 inches.
Rapid City is typically drier but is still running above normal, just not at the pacing of Sioux Falls.
We just can’t break this trend. More rainfall is likely this weekend into next week and the amounts could be heavy in the areas that do not need it.