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Sobering aerial views of Minnesota under water, after flooding rains

In the last week, excessive rain has swamped portions of Minnesota.

Consider these stats – courtesy the Star Tribune Weather Blog – from Minneapolis, which has received:

* 25.32 inches of rain so far this year, most on record year-to-date
* 86 percent of its summer (June-August) rainfall, with a week still left in June
* 82 percent of its annual precipitation, with the year not even half over
* 10.85 inches of rain in June compared to an average of 4.25 inches

Writes the New York Times: Minnesota was besieged on Tuesday by some of its most widespread flooding in years. Water spilled onto streets in downtown St. Paul, crops of soybeans and corn were damaged and a state of emergency was declared in 35 counties.

Following the deluge, the Mississippi river in St. Paul is forecast to crest at 20.5 feet Thursday, the sixth-highest level on record (and highest in June) before waters begin to recede.

Among the matter floating down the swollen Mississippi?  A giant clam shell  (not a real shell, but a sculpture from a flooded playground).

Here’s aerial footage, filmed from a drone, capturing scenes of flooding in Shakopee, Minnesota – about 30 minutes south of Minneapolis – which was largely under water Tuesday.

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(Correction, 3:35 p.m. Thursday: An earlier version of this post inaccurately indicated the video in this post originated from Waterville, Minnesota.   The video is from Shakopee and the text has been updated).

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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