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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 22 2012

Weather Talk: Duluth flooding compared to local June 2000 event

On Wednesday, the worst flooding in 40 years hit Duluth, Minn. Widespread

3- to 5-inch rains fell in a large area around the city, with some localized amounts up to 10 inches reported.

In some ways, it reminded me of the June 2000 flood that hit Fargo-Moorhead, when 5 to 8 inches of rain fell over the metro. Yet, there were two main differences: First, the area of heavy rain in northeastern Minnesota was much more widespread than our event, and second, the Duluth area has some significant topography in comparison to much of the region. The water rushing down the steep hillsides increased the damage for many areas along the north shore.

Although a completely different scenario, another June flood happened just a year ago in Minot, N.D. After that event, I wrote up an analysis on our blog that examined some of the causes of that horrific flood. I reposted that analysis as a review; it can be found at stormtrack.areavoices.com.


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Read the blog at http://stormtrack.areavoices.com