Record Rains during the First Half of June 2008

During the first half of June of 2008, a front meandered across Iowa, southeast Minnesota, southern Wisconsin, and northern Illinois.  Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms developed along and north of this front.  From June 1st through June 15th, a band of 6 to 14 inches of rain fell from southwest Iowa east northeast into northwest Lower Michigan.  The map below was provided by the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) and it shows where this rain fell.

Precipitation from June 1 through June 15, 2008


From June 1st through June 15th, there were 464 daily precipitation records established across Iowa (176 records), Illinois (116 records), Wisconsin (114 records), and Minnesota (58 records). 

Locally, there were 76 new daily precipitation records established in southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin.  Nine locations had their wettest June day and three locations recorded their wettest day.  Eight locations have already exceeded their monthly precipitation record for June.  There will likely be additional records as the paper forms come into the office in early July.

The table below shows the monthly and daily precipitation records that were established locally during the first half of June.

Monthly Precipitation Records for June Already Exceeded...

                     June 1-15      Previous
                   Precipitation  June Precip
Location               Total        Record
--------           -------------  -----------
Decorah, IA            12.27"    11.80" in 1993
Dorchester, IA         13.82"    11.45" in 2000
Elma, IA               11.70"     8.26" in 1908
Ontario, WI            12.11"     8.68" in 1998
St. Ansgar, IA         11.61"     6.34" in 1951
Strawberry Point, IA    9.75"     7.78" in 1950
Viroqua, WI            11.35"    10.16" in 1968
Westby 3ENE, WI        10.29"     9.98" in 2000

Daily Precipitation Records from June 1st through June 15th...

June 3, 2008:


                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
ST ANSGAR, IA           0.26"     0.15" in 2007

June 5, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
CHARLES CITY, IA        1.66"     1.60" in 1948
DODGE CTR, MN           0.23"     0.10" in 1940
DECORAH, IA             2.02"     1.95" in 1896
ELKADER 6 SSW, IA       2.08"     1.09" in 1948
FRIENDSHIP, WI          0.47"     0.45" in 2005
LA FARGE, WI            1.13"     1.09" in 2000
LANCASTER 4 WSW, WI     2.14"     1.08" in 1947
LONE ROCK TRI CO, WI    2.86"     1.11" in 1957
NEW HAMPTON, IA         1.43"     1.34" in 1930
PLATTEVILLE, WI         1.57"     1.35" in 1977
RICHLAND CTR, WI        1.31"     1.21" in 1953
ST ANSGAR, IA           0.47"     0.00" in 2007
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA    1.94"     0.63" in 2002

June 6, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
ST ANSGAR, IA           0.87"     0.00" in 2007

June 7, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
LONE ROCK TRI CO, WI    1.07"     0.65" in 1980

June 8, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
CHARLES CITY, IA        3.38"     1.39" in 2005
DODGE CTR, MN           0.90"     0.80" in 2005
ELKADER 6 SSW, IA       1.43"     1.23" in 1979
GENOA DAM 8, WI         4.50"     1.74" in 1967
GRAND MEADOW, MN        3.65"     2.48" in 1940
HILLSBORO, WI           4.80"     1.47" in 1993
HOKAH 1S, MN            2.70"     1.38" in 1999
LA CROSSE, WI           2.91"     1.53" IN 1967
LA FARGE, WI            4.44"     1.52" in 1993
LAKE CITY, MN           1.44"     1.30" in 1967
LANESBORO, MN           3.35"     2.47" in 1984
LYNXVILLE DAM 9, WI     3.31"     1.72" in 1993
ONTARIO, WI             6.10"     1.15" in 1993
NECEDAH 2SE, WI         4.71"     0.85" in 1967
OSAGE, IA               3.63"     3.39" in 1984
PRESTON, MN             3.87"     2.43" in 1984
READSTOWN, WI           3.04"     1.51" in 1993
ST ANSGAR, IA           5.64"     0.00" in 2007
SPARTA, WI              3.91"     2.32" in 1967
SPRING VALLEY, MN       2.67"     1.22" in 1950
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA    1.00"     0.10" in 2007
VIROQUA, WI             4.53"     1.78" in 1993
WABASHA, MN             1.39"     1.36" in 2005
WAUCOMA 3N, IA          4.58"     1.26" in 1993
WAUKON, IA              4.44"     1.49" in 1974

June 9, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
CALEDONIA, MN           3.11"     1.90" in 1999
CUBA CITY 2NW, WI       1.81"     1.07" in 1999
DORCHESTER, IA          3.20"     1.70" in 2004
ELKADER 6 SSW, IA       2.57"     1.80" in 1898
FRIENDSHIP, WI          1.51"     1.26" in 1950
GENOA DAM 8, WI         3.70"     2.14" in 1967
GUTTENBERG L&D 10, IA   2.60"     1.10" in 1963
LA CRESCENT DAM 7, MN   2.17"     2.11" in 2004
LA FARGE, WI            3.08"     0.66" in 1950
LANCASTER 4 WSW, WI     2.32"     1.55" in 1999
NEW HAMPTON, IA         4.11"     3.06" in 1974
ONTARIO, WI             3.95"     0.95" in 1998
PLATTEVILLE, WI         2.67"     1.81" in 1944
ST ANSGAR, IA           2.16"     0.03" in 1950
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA    3.37"     1.48" in 2003
SPRING VALLEY, MN       1.69"     0.71" in 2005
VIROQUA, WI             3.93"     2.58" in 1967
WESTBY 3ENE, WI         4.10"     2.35" in 1967

June 11, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
ST ANSGAR, IA           0.53"     0.00" in 2007


June 12, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
CHARLES CITY, IA        1.59"     1.35" in 1966
DODGE CTR, MN           2.60"     0.08" in 1940
FAYETTE, IA             2.11"     1.54" in 1902
LAKE CITY, MN           2.26"     1.40" in 1989
NEW HAMPTON, IA         1.84"     1.78" in 2004
ST ANSGAR, IA           1.43"     0.05" in 1950
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA    1.08"     0.45" in 1951
WAUCOMA 3N, IA          1.18"     1.00" in 1998
THEILMAN 1 SSW, MN      1.61"     1.44" in 1943
WABASHA, MN             1.84"     1.28" in 1986
ZUMBROTA, MN            2.53"     2.05" in 1925

June 13, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
CUBA CITY 2NW, WI       1.65"     1.50" in 1944
GUTTENBERG L&D 10, IA   1.90"     1.73" in 1950
ST ANSGAR, IA           0.04"     0.00" in 2007

June 15, 2008:

                      New Daily
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
ST ANSGAR, IA           0.11"     0.00" in 2007
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA    0.99"     0.98" in 1951

Wettest June Day...

June 5, 2008:

                        New
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
LONE ROCK TRI CO, WI    2.86"     2.16" on June 13, 1950

June 8, 2008:

                        New
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
HILLSBORO, WI           4.80"     3.91" on June 17, 1996
NECEDAH 2SE, WI         4.71"     3.75" on June  1, 2000
ONTARIO, WI             6.10"     5.70" on June 16, 1984
ST ANSGAR, IA           5.64"     1.43" on June 25, 1951
SPARTA, WI              3.91"     3.68" on June  3, 2002
VIROQUA, WI             4.53"     4.01" on June 29, 1942
WAUKON, IA              4.44"     3.58" on June 21, 1974

June 9, 2008:

                        New
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA    3.37"     3.12" on June  4, 2002

Wettest Day...

June 8, 2008:

                        New
                       Precip       Previous
Location               Record       Record
--------              ---------     --------
HILLSBORO, WI           4.80"     4.50" on Aug 19, 2007
ONTARIO, WI             6.10"     6.00" on July 1, 1978
ST ANSGAR, IA           5.64"     2.84" on May 30, 2008



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