Heavy Rainfall Again Causing Problems in Red River Valley

A slow moving line of thunderstorms produced areas of excessive rainfall across portions of the Red River Valley. From the late Wednesday evening of June 18th to Thursday morning of June 19th, 1 to 2 inches of rain, with RADAR estimated amounts approaching 3 inches fell across the southern third of the Red River Valley. Locations generally along and north of a line from Devils Lake, to Grand Forks to Bemidji received amounts that varied from less than half an inch to just over an inch. With this coming on the heels of last weekend's heavy rains, and falling on already saturated soils, overland and river flooding is again an issue for some folks. Hardest hit has been the far southern Red River Valley and the Tamarac River which feeds into the Upper Red Lake of Beltrami County.

Below is a graphic of the rainfall over the past 24 hours as of 7 am this Thursday morning. While the graphic shows the relative distribution of the rainfall, variabiity can be fairly significant in relatively short distances. Such is the nature of showers and thunderstorms!

Click on image for a larger version.     

Below is a table of the reports received through late Thursday morning June 19 2014.

                   ...RAINFALL ROUNDUP...
                * FOR NORTHWEST MINNESOTA
                * AND EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA

     THE FOLLOWING ARE STORM TOTALS BASED ON DAILY 24-HOUR
     RAIN AMOUNTS AS OF 7 AM
AND REPORTED BY NWS COOPERATIVE
     OBSERVERS AND AUTOMATED WEATHER STATIONS. SOME ADDITIONAL
     STORM TOTALS REPORTED BY UNOFFICAL OBSERVERS AND THE PUBLIC
     HAVE ALSO BEEN ADDED.

        ...24-HOUR RAINFALL AMOUNTS ENDING THURSDAY(06/19/14)...

PRECIPITATION IN MINNESOTA...                                RAINFALL
  LOCATION (COUNTY):                                        IN INCHES
  BRECKENRIDGE (WILKIN)......................................... 2.68
  PELICAN RAPIDS 6E (OTTER TAIL)................................ 1.80
  MOORHEAD (CLAY)............................................... 1.75
  ROTHSAY (WILKIN).............................................. 1.74
  BRECKENRIDGE 3SE (WILKIN)..................................... 1.69
  VERGAS (OTTER TAIL)........................................... 1.35
  FERGUS FALLS 1NNE (OTTER TAIL)................................ 1.25
  SABIN (CLAY).................................................. 1.21
  LAKE PARK 6S (BECKER)......................................... 1.21
  FERGUS FALLS 1E (OTTER TAIL).................................. 1.19
  HAWLEY 9.1 SSE (CLAY)......................................... 1.19
  MOORHEAD (CLAY)............................................... 1.13
  AWOS @ FERGUS FALLS (OTTER TAIL).............................. 1.09
  CROOKSTON (POLK).............................................. 1.02
  TAMARAC WILDLIFE REFUGE (BECKER).............................. 1.00
  EAST GRAND FORKS (POLK)....................................... 0.90
  HERMAN 4SW (GRANT)............................................ 0.86
  RED LAKE FALLS (RED LAKE)..................................... 0.75
  UNDERWOOD 8NNE (OTTER TAIL)................................... 0.65
  HALSTAD (NORMAN).............................................. 0.65
  EAST GRAND FORKS 6E (POLK).................................... 0.60
  BEMIDJI (BELTRAMI)............................................ 0.58
  AWOS @ DETROIT LAKES (BECKER)................................. 0.56
  OTTERTAIL 3N (OTTER TAIL)..................................... 0.51
  TWIN VALLEY (NORMAN).......................................... 0.44
  ELBOW LAKE VILLAGE 8ENE (CLEARWATER).......................... 0.41
  LONG LOST LAKE (CLEARWATER)................................... 0.41
  OTTERTAIL (OTTER TAIL)........................................ 0.36
  AWOS @ THIEF RIVER FALLS (PENNINGTON)......................... 0.31
  PARK RAPIDS 10NW (BECKER)..................................... 0.30
  WADENA (WADENA)............................................... 0.29
  AWOS @ BEMIDJI (BELTRAMI)..................................... 0.29
  SEBEKA (WADENA)............................................... 0.27
  WARREN 7NW (MARSHALL)......................................... 0.27
  BLUFFTON (OTTER TAIL)......................................... 0.25
  BEMIDJI 3E (BELTRAMI)......................................... 0.25
  MENAHGA 1E (WADENA)........................................... 0.21
  STEPHEN 8W (MARSHALL)......................................... 0.16
  ASOS @ PARK RAPIDS (HUBBARD).................................. 0.12
  AWOS @ WADENA (WADENA)........................................ 0.08
  ROOSEVELT 5N (LAKE OF THE WOODS).............................. 0.01

PRECIPITATION IN NORTH DAKOTA...                             RAINFALL
  LOCATION (COUNTY):                                        IN INCHES
  GREAT BEND (RICHLAND)......................................... 2.50
  MOORETON 4S (RICHLAND)........................................ 2.40
  HANNAFORD 3SW (GRIGGS)........................................ 2.10
  ABERCROMBIE (RICHLAND)........................................ 1.87
  ABERCROMBIE (RICHLAND)........................................ 1.80
  HANNAFORD 1E (GRIGGS)......................................... 1.70
  FINLEY (STEELE)............................................... 1.25
  CHRISTINE (RICHLAND).......................................... 1.20
  HICKSON (CASS)................................................ 1.20
  COOPERSTOWN 6S (GRIGGS)....................................... 1.12
  FARGO 3NE (CASS).............................................. 1.07
  FARGO 2SE (CASS).............................................. 1.04
  VALLEY CITY 2NW (BARNES)...................................... 1.04
  NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIV (CASS)................................ 1.03
  ASOS @ FARGO AIRPORT (CASS)................................... 1.01
  GRAND FORKS 8S (GRAND FORKS).................................. 1.00
  REYNOLDS (TRAILL)............................................. 1.00
  WEST FARGO 4SSE (CASS)........................................ 0.98
  LIDGERWOOD (RICHLAND)......................................... 0.98
  NDAWN @ LISBON (RANSOM)....................................... 0.91
  HATTON 9NW (STEELE)........................................... 0.87
  FORMAN (SARGENT).............................................. 0.81
  VALLEY CITY (BARNES).......................................... 0.80
  HAVANA (SARGENT).............................................. 0.77
  SE GRAND FORKS (GRAND FORKS).................................. 0.72
  NDAWN @ EKRE NR BARRIE (NDSU GRASSLAND RESERVE) (RICHLAND).... 0.72
  DURBIN (CASS)................................................. 0.71
  NORTHWOOD (GRAND FORKS)....................................... 0.70
  PAGE (CASS)................................................... 0.70
  ASOS @ GRAND FORKS AP (GRAND FORKS)........................... 0.68
  NEW ROCKFORD 7ESE (EDDY)...................................... 0.65
  MCLEOD (RICHLAND)............................................. 0.65
  NEW ROCKFORD 1ESE (EDDY)...................................... 0.62
  VALLEY CITY 1E (BARNES)....................................... 0.61
  PENN 6SE (RAMSEY)............................................. 0.61
  GRAND FORKS NWS (GRAND FORKS)................................. 0.61
  HOLMES (GRAND FORKS).......................................... 0.60
  NEW ROCKFORD (EDDY)........................................... 0.60
  AWOS @ DEVILS LAKE (RAMSEY)................................... 0.59
  GRAND FORKS 1SW (GRAND FORKS)................................. 0.58
  MEKINOCK 3E (GRAND FORKS)..................................... 0.56
  NEW ROCKFORD 4N (EDDY)........................................ 0.55
  DEVILS LAKE 3 ESE (RAMSEY).................................... 0.53
  MAYVILLE (TRAILL)............................................. 0.53
  NDAWN @ BAKER (BENSON)........................................ 0.50
  HONEYFORD (GRAND FORKS)....................................... 0.50
  DEVILS LAKE (RAMSEY).......................................... 0.50
  SHEYENNE 3WSW (EDDY).......................................... 0.47
  NDAWN @ MICHIGAN 2W (NELSON).................................. 0.43
  MICHIGAN UCOOP (NELSON)....................................... 0.41
  NEW ROCKFORD 9WNW (EDDY)...................................... 0.39
  GILBY 2E (GRAND FORKS)........................................ 0.39
  ESMOND 9NNW (BENSON).......................................... 0.38
  STARKWEATHER (RAMSEY)......................................... 0.37
  NDAWN @ INKSTER (GRAND FORKS)................................. 0.37
  FORDVILLE (WALSH)............................................. 0.30
  NDAWN @ FOREST RIVER (WALSH).................................. 0.29
  OSLO 3WNW (WALSH)............................................. 0.24
  LANKIN 6E (WALSH)............................................. 0.22
  BISBEE (TOWNER)............................................... 0.20
  HOOPLE (WALSH)................................................ 0.19
  SARLES 5NE (CAVALIER)......................................... 0.17
  WALES (CAVALIER).............................................. 0.15
  LANGDON EXP FARM (CAVALIER)................................... 0.07
  CAVALIER 8WNW (PEMBINA)....................................... 0.03
  PEMBINA (PEMBINA)............................................. 0.01
  CAVALIER (PEMBINA)............................................ 0.01

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