Mark Seeley looks back on State Fair weather

Aug. 30, 1977, is long remembered by Minnesota State Fair goers as a traumatic and very wet evening. The weather became more cloudy hour by hour and the dew point rose gradually until it was an uncomfortable 70 degrees by early evening. 

As the Grandstand show got underway it began to rain, at first lightly, then heavier. Between 8 and 9 p.m. the rainfall intensified, and many began to leave the Grandstand as well as the fairgrounds. Between the hours of 9 and 10 p.m. nearly 3 inches of rain fell, flooding the streets and sidewalks.

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with Seeley about the historic weather at the Great Minnesota Get-Together and other weather topics in their regular Friday chat.

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