When August began, much of central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, were experiencing severe drought conditions. For the second straight year that part of Minnesota continued to be missed by most rain events moving through the region. But so far this month, much of the rainfall deficits in that area have been erased. Anywhere from five to ten inches of rain has fallen over the Twin Cities and other portions of central Minnesota in August. With still nearly a week to go in the month, many cities are reporting one of their wettest Augusts on record. Chaska, Willmar and Lester Prairie, Minnesota have all received nearly ten inches of rain in the past three weeks.
The Twin Cities airport has measured 5.82 inches of rain this month which is more than fell the previous two months combined. One or two storms never end a drought, but recent rains have certainly helped ease it.