Posted at: 04/28/2013 6:49 PM
Updated at: 05/28/2013 12:49 PM
If you thought that this April has been wetter than
normal, you are absolutely correct. The average precipitation for the entire month of April is 3.24”. To date (April 28th) Rochester International Airport, the official climate station for SE Minnesota, has received 6.27” almost doubling the monthly average.
Not only is April 2013 just a wetter than average month, but it is also a record month. Currently, this April ranks as the third wettest April. Only 0.20” is needed to tie the record for second wettest April. With chances for rain on the last two days of this month, it is very possible that April 2013 will tie or beat the Aprils of 1990 and 1999 to become the second wettest month on record. And another whole inch of rain would be needed for April 2013 become the number one wettest April on record.
With a precipitation surplus both during the months of March & April, it is possible that spring 2013 could become one of the wettest if May continues the trend. March, April and May would need a combined precipitation total of 11.80” to break into the top 10 wettest springs on record. To reach 11.80”, the last two days of April and the month of May will need to receive 2.68” of precipitation. The average monthly precipitation for May is 3.63”, so it is very likely spring 2013 will break into the top 10 wettest springs on record, if not the top 5.
- Storm Tracker 6 Meteorologist Justin Thompson-Gee