The term "spring flood" is getting a rival this September.
For the first time on record, some southern Minnesota rivers will set top 5 floods of record during fall this week. Last week's torrential rains capped off a wet September with rainfall totals anywhere from 5.5" (metro) to over 12" (south central Minnesota).
Four of the current top 5 record floods on the Minnesota River occurred in spring. The other occurred in June. This will be the first time a top 5 flood has occurred in September. You can track current and forecast river levels here.
The Cottonwood River at New Ulm came within a foot of the all time flood of record last weekend.
Check out some of the expected flood crests on the Minnesota River this week.
Mankato: Cresting today at 28.1' (4th highest flood on record)
(1) 30.11 ft on 06/21/1993
(2) 29.09 ft on 04/10/1965
(3) 28.20 ft on 04/26/1881
(4) 27.61 ft on 04/10/1997
(5) 27.07 ft on 04/12/1969
Jordan: Crest Wednesday at 32.7' (5th highest)
(1) 35.07 ft on 04/11/1965
(2) 33.52 ft on 06/24/1993
(3) 33.11 ft on 04/18/2001
(4) 32.85 ft on 04/14/1969
(5) 32.24 ft on 04/12/1997
Savage: Cresting Thursday at 718.8' (5th highest)
(1) 721.80 ft on 04/15/1965
(2) 719.70 ft on 04/15/1969
(3) 719.29 ft on 06/25/1993
(4) 718.10 ft on 04/19/2001
(5) 717.86 ft on 04/13/1997
St. Paul: Crest Saturday at 17.9' (Not in top 5)
(1) 26.40 ft on 04/16/1965
(2) 25.00 ft on 04/15/1969
(3) 23.76 ft on 04/18/2001
(4) 23.60 ft on 04/30/2001
(5) 22.90 ft on 04/13/1997
Mild dry weather will help:
The forecast is favorable for flood ravaged communities and rain soaked farm fields over the next two weeks. Minnesota will be on the east side of a ridge of high pressure, which means generally mild and dry weather for the next 10 days to two weeks.
After a wet September, it looks like we'll close the month on a dry note and open October on the mild side.
Posted at 5:10 PM on September 27, 2010
by Paul Huttner
Filed under: Heat
When it comes to weather extremes this year, the hits just keep on comin'.
In a year that has produced several all time high temperature records; a big one went down today. The temperature in Downtown Los Angeles reached 113 degrees Monday afternoon. This breaks the all time hottest temperature ever recorded in Los Angeles, and smashes the old daily record of 106 set in 1963.
Here's the statement form Los Angeles NWS.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA 1230 PM PDT MON SEP 27 2010 .
..ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE BROKEN IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES... THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES REACHED 113 DEGREES AT 1215 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON. THAT IS THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1877. THIS ALSO BREAKS THE RECORD FOR THE DAY OF 106 SET IN 1963. IT IS STILL POSSIBLE THAT IT WILL GET HOTTER TODAY SO A RECORD TEMEPERATURE REPORT WILL BE ISSUED ONCE IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR TODAY HAS BEEN REACHED. $$
2010 is turning out to be the year of heat extremes. As many as 17 countries have set all time temperatures records this year. Here's the list.
Record temperatures in 2010
Belarus, 7 August, 38.9C (102F) at Gomel
Ukraine, 1 August, 41.3C (106.3F), Lukhansk, Voznesensk
Cyprus, 1 August, 46.6C (115.9F), Lefconica
Finland, 29 July, 37.2C (99F), Joensuu
Qatar, 14 July, 50.4C (122.7F), Doha airport
Russia, 11 July, 44.0C (111.2F), Yashkul
Sudan, 25 June, 49.6C (121.3F), Dongola
Niger, 22 June, 47.1C (116.8F), Bilma
Saudi Arabia, 22 June, 52.0C (125.6F), Jeddah
Chad, 22 June, 47.6C (117.7F), Faya
Kuwait, 15 June, 52.6C (126.7F), Abdaly
Iraq, 14 June, 52.0C (125.6F), Basra
Pakistan, 26 May, 53.5C (128.3F), Mohenjo-daro
Burma, 12 May, 47C (116.6F), Myinmu
Ascension Island, 25 March, 34.9C (94.8F), Georgetown
Solomon Islands, 1 February, 36.1C (97F), Lata Nendo
Colombia, 24 January, 42.3C (108F), Puerto Salgar