12 Consecutive Days of Rain in the Twin Cities:
May 21-June 1, 2004

An elongated area of low pressure slowly drifted over Minnesota during the Memorial holiday weekend capping off a very persistent stretch of rain. From May 21 to June 1, 2004 the Twin Cities saw 12 consecutive days of precipitation of at least a trace or more. During this period The Twin Cities saw 8 consecutive days of precipitation greater than a trace. The last time 8 consecutive days of precipitation greater than a trace during the warm season was in May, 2001 with a very similar synoptic event.

Having measurable precipitation for at least 8 days in a row in the Twin Cities has happened 17 times since 1891. The record is 10 days which was set from June 18-27, 1951. If trace values are included, the record including the winter months is a stretch of 26 days ending with January 8, 1970. The longest streak of any precipitation including traces not during the winter for the Twin Cities is a tie with 15 days ending with April 4, 1974 and another stretch of 15 days that ended with June 22, 1975.


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