April 01, 2007
The weather pattern that seems parked over Central Minnesota dropped 0.67 inches of rain Friday on St. Cloud, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS PRECIPITATION RECORD for the date by .06 of an inch. The fallen record was 14 years old. An older — and more formidable — record of 1.3 inches set in 1896 also was within reach Saturday. Totals were not available at press time but a meteorologist recorded 0.95 of an inch of rain by 5 p.m. More rain was expected through the night. While the rainfall has pushed the year-to-date total more than 1 inch above normal, "the effect on the drought situation is going to be limited." Lake Superior was at record low levels in January and many lakes and rivers in northern Minnesota are in dire need of replenishment.