If it seemed like it rained all day yesterday, you're right -- and it produced some very non-February like rainfall totals across the southern half of the state.

If yesterday's rain had been snow, we'd be shoveling out of somewhere between eight and twelve inches of the white stuff. Instead, all that rain had the opposite effect, eating away at the snowpack that has built up over the course of our winter.

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Valentine's Day 2023 Rainfall Totals

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1.21 inches
  • Northfield, Minnesota: 1.18 inches
  • Montgomery, Minnesota: 1.16 inches
  • Waseca, Minnesota: 1.14 inches
  • Owatonna, Minnesota: 1.11 inches
  • Faribault, Minnesota: 1.06 inches
  • Cannon Falls, Minnesota: 1.03 inches
  • Albert Lea, Minnesota: 1.00 inches
  • Mankato, Minnesota: 0.98 inches
  • Hayfield, Minnesota: 0.97 inches
  • Nerstrand, Minnesota: 0.96 inches
  • Pine Island, Minnesota: 0.85 inches
  • Rochester, Minnesota: 0.84 inches
  • Zumbrota, Minnesota: 0.64 inches

Over Achievers

The average monthly rainfall in in Owatonna for February is a half an inch, so we more than doubled our monthly total in one day yesterday. The average monthly snowfall in February is four inches.

Think Spring!

It looks to be a bit chilly over the southern part of Minnesota for the next couple of days, with a high near 30 by Friday; and getting back up to near 40 for the weekend.

Looking for a bit more springy news? The sun is now setting after 5:40 pm, and we'll jump to a sunset after 6:00 pm on March 1st, which is just a couple of weeks away.

We'll be 'springing forward' on Sunday, March 12th which will put the sunset at 7:15 pm, and we'll all be feeling a whole lot more like spring is in the air.

Most Visited State Parks In Minnesota: Is Your Favorite in the List?

Minnesota has 75 beautiful state parks. The parks have an average of 9,700,000 visitors each year. Interestingly enough, nearly 19% of park visitors come from other states and countries, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Now, my favorite State Park is Jay Cooke in Carlton, MN, but it did not break into the top 5.

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