Rainfall Totals from Last Weekend Storm System

The mid-autumn storm system that swept through the Upper Midwest this past weekend brought widespread, beneficial rains to much of the area. The precipitation came in two main rounds, the first of which started late Friday night and continued into Saturday morning. The next wave began late Saturday night and persisted much of Sunday, slowly pushing east across the region by late afternoon.

Rainfall amounts varied from less than 0.50" across parts of southeast Minnesota and north central Wisconsin to a healthy swath of 1 to 3 inches extending from northeast Iowa to southwest and central Wisconsin. There were isolated amounts between 3 and 4 inches reported. The image below shows the 48 hour radar derived rainfall totals (Friday night through 5pm Sunday).

For reference, green shading represents 1.0 - 2.0 inches, blue and cyan colors are 2.0 - 3.0", and orange and yellow between 3.0 - 5.0". Also note the white outlined oval near La Crosse, which is a data artifcact. This reduction is due to how the radar algorithms estimate rainfall, and amounts are likely a bit higher here.

48-hour radar derived rainfall totals ending 5pm Sunday October 14th

The widespread rains are expected to provide some, but minimal, improvement in the ongoing drought plaguing the region. Normal rainfall for a week in mid-October is between 0.5 to 0.7 inches, and current deficits since January 1st are running around 7 inches or more. This rain will help, but certainly won't end the drought. More information on how this rain will impact the drought will be provided in the upcoming weekly drought statement.

The listing below is a preliminary 48 hour rainfall listing from around the area (Friday October 12th through Sunday October 14th).

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1040 AM CDT MON OCT 15 2012

...3-DAY RAINFALL TOTALS ACROSS THE AREA...

LOCATION                   RAINFALL    TIME     LAT/LON


IOWA

... COUNTY...

...ALLAMAKEE COUNTY...
HARPERS FERRY              3.04        0700 AM  43.17N 91.24W
LANSING 4SE                2.92        0700 AM  43.32N 91.16W
WAUKON                     2.64        0700 AM  43.27N 91.47W
ION                        2.57        0700 AM  43.11N 91.27W
DORCHESTER 3S              1.46        0700 AM  43.42N 91.51W

...CHICKASAW COUNTY...
IONIA                      2.55        0700 AM  43.03N 92.50W
NASHUA                     1.46        0700 AM  42.94N 92.57W

...CLAYTON COUNTY...
MONONA                     3.09        0700 AM  43.04N 91.40W
LITTLEPORT                 2.23        0700 AM  42.75N 91.37W
ELKADER 6SSW               2.21        0700 AM  42.79N 91.45W
VOLGA                      2.04        0700 AM  42.81N 91.52W
GUTTENBERG                 2.00        0700 AM  42.79N 91.10W
ELKADER                    1.60        0700 AM  42.84N 91.40W
GARBER                     1.51        0700 AM  42.74N 91.26W
MARQUETTE                  1.47        0700 AM  43.04N 91.21W

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
WAUCOMA                    3.62        0700 AM  43.05N 92.04W
ELDORADO                   3.26        0700 AM  43.05N 91.81W
OELWEIN AWOS               3.07        0700 AM  42.68N 91.97W
OELWEIN 1WNW               2.94        0700 AM  42.68N 91.93W
FAYETTE                    2.57        0700 AM  42.85N 91.82W

...FLOYD COUNTY...
CHARLES CITY AWOS          0.92        0700 AM  43.07N 92.61W
CHARLES CITY COOP          0.91        0700 AM  43.08N 92.67W

...HOWARD COUNTY...
CRESCO                     1.34        0700 AM  43.37N 92.11W

...MITCHELL COUNTY...
OSAGE                      0.94        0700 AM  43.28N 92.81W
ST ANSGAR 4E               0.60        0700 AM  43.37N 92.83W

...WINNESHIEK COUNTY...
CALMAR                     2.05        0700 AM  43.18N 91.87W
DECORAH 8ENE               1.52        0700 AM  43.34N 91.64W
DECORAH AWOS               1.40        0700 AM  43.28N 91.74W
DECORAH UPPER IA RVR       1.39        0700 AM  43.30N 91.80W
BLUFFTON                   1.26        0700 AM  43.41N 91.90W
SPILLVILLE                 1.21        0700 AM  43.21N 91.95W

MINNESOTA

...DODGE COUNTY...
DODGE CENTER AWOS          0.15        0700 AM  44.03N 92.83W

...FILLMORE COUNTY...
SPRING VALLEY 3E           1.75        0700 AM  43.68N 92.33W
CARIMONA                   1.55        0700 AM  43.66N 92.15W
SPRING VALLEY 1 NW         1.22        0700 AM  43.70N 92.40W
PRESTON                    1.20        0700 AM  43.67N 92.07W
HIGHLAND                   1.09        0700 AM  43.65N 91.84W
LANESBORO                  1.09        0700 AM  43.72N 91.97W
PRESTON 3NNE               1.00        0700 AM  43.71N 92.05W
LANESBORO***               0.97        0700 AM  43.72N 91.97W
PRESTON AWOS               0.68        0700 AM  43.68N 92.18W
PILOT MOUND                0.59        0700 AM  43.78N 92.03W

...HOUSTON COUNTY...
BROWNSVILLE                2.16        0700 AM  43.70N 91.27W
CALEDONIA 5S               1.95        0700 AM  43.56N 91.51W
CALEDONIA                  1.78        0700 AM  43.63N 91.50W
MOUND PRAIRIE              1.40        0700 AM  43.78N 91.45W
HOUSTON                    1.11        0700 AM  43.77N 91.57W

...MOWER COUNTY...
AUSTIN  TURTLE CREEK       0.53        0700 AM  43.65N 92.98W
AUSTIN  DOBBINS CR         0.49        0700 AM  43.67N 92.95W
LANSING                    0.45        0700 AM  43.75N 92.95W
AUSTIN AWOS                0.44        0700 AM  43.67N 92.93W
AUSTIN 3S                  0.43        0700 AM  43.62N 93.00W
AUSTIN WWTP                0.37        0700 AM  43.67N 92.97W

...OLMSTED COUNTY...
DOVER 1E                   0.94        0700 AM  43.97N 92.12W
ELBA                       0.56        0700 AM  44.05N 92.05W
ROCHESTER 3W               0.54        0700 AM  44.01N 92.53W
ROCHESTER AP 2NE           0.48        0700 AM  43.93N 92.48W
ROCHESTER ASOS             0.48        0700 AM  43.91N 92.50W
ROCHESTER - CASCADE CREEK  0.42        0700 AM  44.03N 92.48W
POST TOWN                  0.42        0700 AM  44.09N 92.82W
BYRON                      0.40        0700 AM  44.07N 92.66W
ROCHESTER - SILVER CREEK   0.40        0700 AM  44.03N 92.42W
ROCHESTER - BEAR CREEK     0.37        0700 AM  43.92N 92.48W
ROCHESTER BELTLINE         0.30        0700 AM  43.91N 92.50W

...WABASHA COUNTY...
KELLOGG                    0.99        0700 AM  44.32N 92.00W
WABASHA                    0.89        0700 AM  44.39N 92.05W
THEILMAN                   0.63        0700 AM  44.28N 92.19W
ELGIN 2SSW                 0.63        0700 AM  44.10N 92.27W
LAKE CITY                  0.21        0700 AM  44.45N 92.26W

...WINONA COUNTY...
WINONA 5WSW                1.81        0700 AM  44.03N 91.77W
WINONA DAM 5A              1.80        0700 AM  44.09N 91.67W
LA CRESCENT DAM 7          1.53        0700 AM  43.87N 91.31W
WINONA AWOS                1.43        0700 AM  44.08N 91.70W
ALTURA 5W                  0.92        0700 AM  44.06N 92.04W
ALTURA                     0.87        0700 AM  44.15N 92.01W
MINNESOTA CITY             0.83        0700 AM  44.16N 91.81W

WISCONSIN

...ADAMS COUNTY...
FRIENDSHIP                 4.01        0700 AM  43.98N 89.83W

...BUFFALO COUNTY...
ALMA DAM 4                 1.07        0700 AM  44.33N 91.92W

...CLARK COUNTY...
NEILLSVILLE 1W             1.75        0700 AM  44.56N 90.61W
OWEN                       0.80        0700 AM  44.98N 90.55W

...CRAWFORD COUNTY...
LYNXVILLE DAM 9            2.72        0700 AM  43.21N 91.10W
STEUBEN                    2.19        0700 AM  43.18N 90.87W
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AWOS      1.86        0700 AM  43.30N 89.76W
FERRYVILLE                 1.62        0700 AM  43.35N 91.10W

...GRANT COUNTY...
BOSCOBEL RAWS              2.18        0700 AM  43.15N 90.68W
BOSCOBEL ASOS              2.13        0700 AM  43.16N 90.68W
PLATTEVILLE                1.92        0700 AM  42.80N 90.52W
ROCKVILLE                  1.82        0700 AM  42.73N 90.64W
BURTON                     1.82        0700 AM  42.72N 90.82W
PLATTEVILLE AWOS           1.64        0700 AM  42.69N 90.44W
CUBA CITY                  0.99        0700 AM  42.63N 90.46W

...JACKSON COUNTY...
BLACK RIVER FALLS 2NNE     1.90        0700 AM  44.32N 90.83W
BLACK RIVER FALLS          1.71        0700 AM  44.38N 90.84W
BLACK RIVER FALLS AWOS     1.69        0700 AM  44.25N 90.86W
BLACK RIVER FALLS RAWS     1.67        0700 AM  44.30N 90.84W
HATFIELD DAM               1.35        0700 AM  44.41N 90.73W

...JUNEAU COUNTY...
NEW LISBON 4ENE            3.46        0700 AM  43.91N 90.07W
NECEDAH 1W                 3.44        0700 AM  44.02N 90.08W
NECEDAH 5WNW               2.88        0700 AM  44.06N 90.17W
CAMP DOUGLAS VOLK          2.57        0700 AM  43.94N 90.26W
MATHER 3NW                 1.75        0700 AM  44.17N 90.35W

...LA CROSSE COUNTY...
LA CROSSE WEATHER          2.01        0700 AM  43.82N 91.19W
LA CROSSE                  1.83        0700 AM  43.80N 91.37W
WEST SALEM 1W              1.75        0700 AM  43.90N 91.09W
ONALASKA 2NW               1.52        0700 AM  43.90N 91.24W
HOLMEN 2S                  1.49        0700 AM  43.93N 91.25W
LA CROSSE ASOS             1.37        0700 AM  43.88N 91.26W

...MONROE COUNTY...
WARRENS                    2.71        0700 AM  44.10N 90.59W
MONROE CENTER              2.68        0700 AM  44.11N 89.92W
FOUR CORNERS               2.16        0700 AM  44.07N 90.92W
SPARTA AWOS                1.74        0700 AM  43.96N 90.74W
SPARTA WASTE WTR           1.43        0700 AM  43.94N 90.82W

...RICHLAND COUNTY...
RICHLAND CENTER 1NW        2.20        0700 AM  43.36N 90.42W

...TAYLOR COUNTY...
MEDFORD                    0.57        0700 AM  45.13N 90.34W
LUBLIN DIAMOND LAKE        0.44        0700 AM  45.11N 90.69W

...TREMPEALEAU COUNTY...
TREMPEALEAU DAM 6          1.91        0700 AM  44.00N 91.44W
GALESVILLE 2WSW            1.86        0700 AM  44.07N 91.39W
OSSEO                      1.49        0700 AM  44.58N 91.22W
TREMPEALEAU 2NW            1.44        0700 AM  44.03N 91.46W
ETTRICK                    0.93        0700 AM  44.11N 91.22W
MONDOVI                    0.91        0700 AM  44.56N 91.67W

...VERNON COUNTY...
LA FARGE                   4.58        0700 AM  43.57N 90.64W
HILLSBORO                  3.20        0700 AM  43.65N 90.33W
ONTARIO 3E                 3.18        0700 AM  43.72N 90.60W
LIBERTY POLE 2SW           3.07        0700 AM  43.49N 90.95W
ONTARIO                    3.01        0700 AM  43.72N 90.59W
ONTARIO 4WSW               2.93        0700 AM  43.70N 90.67W
VIROQUA 3ESE               2.84        0700 AM  43.55N 90.82W
STODDARD                   2.71        0700 AM  43.66N 91.24W
KILMER                     2.54        0700 AM  43.55N 90.90W
WESTBY 2NNE                2.52        0700 AM  43.70N 90.85W
READSTOWN                  2.42        0700 AM  43.45N 90.76W
SEAS BRANCH HAUGEN         2.41        0700 AM  43.61N 90.85W
VIROQUA 4WSW               2.40        0700 AM  43.54N 90.96W
WESTBY 3SE                 2.17        0700 AM  43.62N 90.82W
WESTBY 3ENE                2.16        0700 AM  43.68N 90.81W
VIROQUA 4NE                2.13        0700 AM  43.61N 90.82W
VIROQUA AWOS               2.10        0700 AM  43.58N 90.90W
COON VALLEY 5E             1.96        0700 AM  43.71N 90.92W
COON VALLEY 6S             1.77        0700 AM  43.61N 91.01W
GENOA                      1.65        0700 AM  43.57N 91.23W

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED IS CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.



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