Posted at: 05/12/2013 4:46 PM
Updated at: 05/23/2013 8:56 PM
Since 2013 started we have dealt with minor flooding,
a near record-breaking wet April, not to mention a historic May snow storm that brought over 18” of snow to some areas. Although much of this moisture was not welcome at the time, it is a relief for southeast Minnesota and north central Iowa. The drought is over.
In the latest US Drought Monitor released on May 9th, the entire viewing area is out of the drought. There are still a few areas in Freeborn County in Minnesota and many counties in north central Iowa that are “abnormally dry” but not considered to be in drought.
Meteorological spring includes March, April and May and this year those three months are already in the top 10 wettest springs on record. So far, 13.5” of precipitation has fallen and with three weeks left in May it is possible that spring 2013 will go down as the wettest spring on record. The current record is held by spring 1888, 125 years ago, with 15.99” of liquid.