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Rain, rain didn’t go away this June

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There have been stories about a hot June “swoon” before, but this summer, the month was more like a monsoon.

It rained on 15 of the month’s 30 days and the total rainfall amounted to nearly 6 inches, according to the AccuWeather.com data compiled from the Alexandria Airport.

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That makes this past June the wettest one in nine years. Back in 2005, rain fell on 17 days and the total precipitation was 6.72 inches.

Other June rain totals in the past decade don’t come close to those amounts. The next highest total was 4.45 inches in June 2008.

In the past decade, the rainfall amounts for June totaled less than 3 inches on five different years – 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2006. In fact, the 1.58 inches of rain that fell in June 2007 was surpassed in just one day this year, June 5, when 2.15 inches fell.

All the rain last month created high water problems, ruined summer plans, flooded roads, delayed farmers, and elsewhere in the state, set records.

The Twin Cities area experienced its second rainiest June ever, dating back to 1874. The statewide average rainfall is expected to top 8 inches, which would easily eclipse the record of 7.32 set in 1897 and tied in 1914.

Is a dry spell in sight? Maybe. The long-range forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of another thunderstorm this Friday followed by rain-free skies through July 14.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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