3 inches of rain drench area Monday

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Low areas in fields in western Minnesota were turned into ponds Monday as thunderstorms brought more than 3 inches of rain.

Thunderstorms forming and reforming over South Dakota, then making their way through western Minnesota during the morning and early afternoon Monday, brought just over 3 inches of rain to the Benson area.

Monday’s rainfall was 3.1 inches and brought June’s total to 4.4 inches, one hundredth of an inch over the month’s average of 4.39 inches. It is only June12.

Sunday the Chippewa River level as monitored at the U.S. Highway 12 bridge west of Benson had fallen to 8.48 feet. By Tuesday morning it was up to 11.75 feet – a rise of 3.27 feet. The volume of water flowing down the Chippewa had more than tripled from 0.444 cubic feet per second to 1.62 cubic feet per second.

The heavy rainfall closed the back nine of the Benson Golf Course due to standing water, postponing Tuesday’s men’s league play this week.

Nearly all the state’s crops are in now and developing rapidly due to the warm weather. However, Monday’s heavy rain left water standing in low areas of fields and could cause significant damage unless it dries quickly....

 

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Pictured: Low areas in fields in western Minnesota were turned into ponds Monday as thunderstorms brought more than 3 inches of rain.

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