Weather Forecast


How much rain fell Sunday afternoon?

Rain, heavy at times, made for a sloppy early Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service gauge at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport recorded 1.49 inches in three hours Sunday.

A slow-moving storm from the west brought in .06 inches of rain just before 7 a.m. Much of the storm seemed headed farther north, but a storm cell blossomed over the Brainerd lakes area delivering nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain before 3 p.m.

In area cities, rainfall amounts included 1.4 inches in Breezy Point, 1.26 inches in Pine River, .78 inches in Aitkin.

Sunday after a 24-hour period with heavy flooding rains in North Dakota, there were reports of widespread rainfall totals in the 4.75 range. The highest total appeared to be near New York Mills with a public report of a 7 inch rain gauge full and overflowing.

In North Dakota Saturday, there were several reports from the public of funnel clouds. A 50-foot-by-100-foot wedding reception tent was blown down in high winds, estimated at 60 to 70 mph. In Otter Tail County Saturday morning, a boat was reported sunk by heavy rain that also overtopped and damaged roads.

The National Weather Service in Fargo's storm reports note early Sunday morning the Leaf River was flowing upstream due to higher water downstream. In Leonard, in Minnesota's Clearwater County, 4.75 inches of rain was measured early Sunday and 5.75 inches measured near Kindred in Cass County, N.D.

In the forecast for the lakes area, more rain is expected today with most of Cass and Crow Wing counties predicted to receive another .75 to 1 inch before midnight. Wadena, Todd, Morrison and Aitkin counties are expected to see .25 to .75 inches today.

Steve Gohde, National Weather Service meteorologist, said the weather pattern remains unsettled with expectations for more dry days on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by more rain. That pattern, Gohde said, is expected to repeat itself during the next seven days.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported showers and thunderstorms will be more widespread after 4 a.m. today. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to end after 9 p.m.

After a hot and humid Saturday when air-conditioners were getting a workout, Sunday meant sweatshirts, jackets and at least perhaps a thought of kicking in the furnace or at least the gas fireplace. Sunday's afternoon high was 25 degrees cooler than Saturday's.

Normal highs for this time of year are about 80 degrees. Saturday reached 83 degrees before 3 p.m. and then began falling. The warmest temperatures Sunday came after midnight when it was still 66 degrees. By Sunday afternoon, the temperature hovered in the upper 50s.

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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