It's been a crazy couple of days of rain.

Rainfall map
Rainfall mapCourtesy National Weather Service

Forecasters say it's mostly over, although we can expect some rainfall through Saturday. But rain upstream swells the rivers downstream, and flood watches and warnings are in effect for much of Minnesota. Here in downtown St. Paul, the river is expected to rise about ten feet over the next week.

"1128 am CDT Fri Sep 24 2010

The Flood Warning continues for the Mississippi River at St Paul.

  • At 10:15 am Friday the stage was 6.8 feet.
  • Moderate flooding is forecast.
  • Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
  • Forecast... rise above flood stage by early Wednesday morning and continue to rise to near 16.4 feet by early Friday morning.
  • Impact... at 18.0 feet... Warner Road may become impassable due to high water.
  • Impact... at 17.5 feet... Harriet Island begins to become submerged.
  • Impact... at 17.0 feet... secondary flood walls are deployed at St Paul Airport.
  • Impact... at 14.0 feet... portions of the Lilydale park area begin to experience flooding.
  • Flood history... this crest compares to a previous crest of 18.4 feet on Mar 24 2010."

Still with me? Then check out Buzz coverage of the March 2010 flood along the Mississippi.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

Here are some interesting photos and historical perspective on yesterday's rains from meteorologist Paul Douglas.

posted on Fri, 09/24/2010 - 2:22pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

On the radio this morning, I heard someone talking about how the rain was sort of the edge of Hurricane Karl—moist air associated with the hurricane floated up over the Midwest, causing something called a "Predecessor Rain Event."

It's an interesting reminder of how seemingly remote climatological events can be connected to what's happening outside our windows.

posted on Fri, 09/24/2010 - 2:51pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

The flip side of that, the massive snow that's remembered around these parts as the Great Halloween Blizzard of '91 kept moving east and joined up with two other storm systems off the Atlantic Coast to create the infamous "A Perfect Storm" that eventually made it into book and movie form.

posted on Fri, 09/24/2010 - 3:38pm
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

I had no idea that blizzard inspired A Perfect Storm. Fascinating!

I remember trick-or-treating with my brother and cousins via a Radio Flyer pulled by my mom and aunt through heavy snow. My brother was a teenage mutant ninja turtle that year. That's about all I remember.

posted on Tue, 09/28/2010 - 3:50pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

New flood forecast is in, and now the National Weather Service is predicting a high of 17.9 feet.

"The Flood Warning continues for
the Mississippi River at St Paul.

  • At 8:15 PM Sunday the stage was 8.2 feet.
  • Major flooding is forecast.
  • Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
  • Forecast... rise above flood stage by Wednesday early afternoon and continue to rise to near 17.9 feet by Friday evening.
  • Impact... at 18.0 feet... Warner Road may become impassable due to high water.
  • Impact... at 17.5 feet... Harriet Island begins to become submerged.
  • Impact... at 17.0 feet... secondary flood walls are deployed at St Paul Airport.
  • Impact... at 14.0 feet... portions of the Lilydale park area begin to experience flooding.
  • Flood history... this crest compares to a previous crest of 18.4 feet on Mar 24 2010."
posted on Mon, 09/27/2010 - 10:02am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Flood forecast revised: hydrologists now expect the river to crest at 18.5' on Saturday morning. Come watch the river from the Science Museum!

posted on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 4:16pm

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