Heat and humidity
Big flood problems continue over west central Wisconsin with the Chippewa River on the rise and the Rush River out of its banks. Three to six inches of rain drenched portions of west central Wisconsin overnight. The highest total reported to the National Weather Service during the past twenty-four hours was 6.25 inches of rain in Glenwood City in St. Croix County.
Fortunately there wasn't much in the way of damaging winds or tornadoes Tuesday afternoon and evening. Winds of near 70 mph were reported near Lindstorm in east central Minnesota shortly before 7PM.
Twin Cities International Airport tallied 2.47 inches of rain yesterday which sets a new daily rainfall record for August 10th. Flying Cloud Airport automated gauge captured 3.42 inches of rain.
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We will need to endure another seventy-two hours of heat and humidity as we go through the remainder of the work week. Expect highs to top out near ninety degrees with dew points close to seventy degrees. Heat index values will approach one hundred in the mid and late afternoon hours.
More soaking rains are in the offing for late Thursday into Friday for parts of Minnesota.
Tropical storm number five is disorganized off the Gulf Coast. Sustained winds of thirty miles an hour and heavy rain will move on-shore from New Orleans to Mobile later tonight.