Mud Alert

Don’t clean the bike just yet.  A heavy rain event is on the way tonight that could leave 1-4″ by Friday morning.  The main event comes early Thursday as a sluggish cold front treks across the state. It’s not the intensity of the rain but the duration of a good, steady rain for about 3-6 hours tonight that could lead to flash flooding…and muddy trails.

Flash Flood Watch until Thursday afternoon

Rainfall: 0.5-4" through Friday morning

Based on the current soil moisture conditions it would only take 3.0″ to 3.5″ of rain to cause flooding.  I would bet the trail conditions will be too wet for riding later this week.

Inches of Rainfall Needed to Produce Flash Flooding in MN

Hey, it could be worse.  You could live on Mt. Waialeale, Kauai, Hawaii, arguably one of the wettest places on Earth, where 384.35” of rain falls a year.  There has been some debate recently within the meteorology world about the wettest place on Earth.  Many of these rain soaked locations are extremely remote without any reliable weather data collection.  It now looks like Hawaii may have been dethroned as the wettest spot.  Weather Historian Christopher C. Burt did a little digging to nail down the top ten wettest places on Earth.  Some of his findings may surprise you.

Also be glad you don’t live in Miami, FL.  On Tuesday, Miami International Airport recorded 9.7″ of rain!  What’s even more impressive is that 4.4″ of that fell in just one hour!  Talk about a tropical downpour!

Miami, FL Flooded Streets Tuesday (Photo: nikmartinezzz)

CycleCast:

Thursday:  Rain and thunder for most of the day. Cloudy. H: Upper 60s.

Friday:  Drier day for riding…road riding that is.  Trails will still be too wet from the previous day’s rain. H: Low 70s

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms are back. H: Low 70s

Sunday: Warmer, maybe more sun but still the chance of a rumble of thunder. H: Mid 80s

Memorial Day: Morning clouds/rain giving way to afternoon sun?  I’m optimistic. H: Low 70s

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