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Light Snow Today; Messy Wintry Mix for Monday

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Overview

An early Winter storm system brought abundant and prolonged precipitation into the region from Saturday, December 12th through Monday, December 14th.  Strangely for mid December, temperatures were so mild that only rain fell, but lots of it.

Amounts ranging from 2 to nearly 7 inches fell over a couple days bringing many area rivers into flood.  Daily rainfall records were broke and in some cases, a large percentage of the normal winter precipitation fell in just those few days.

Luckily a majority of the flooding was minor.

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Flooding:

Most river locations rose into MINOR flooding but fell fairly quickly after.

Hydrographs

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Volga River at Wadena, IA Turkey River at Elkader, IA Turkey River at Garber, IA Black River at Black River Falls, WI
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Kickapoo River at Ontario, WI Kickapoo River at Viola, WI Kickapoo River at Readstown, WI

 

Radar Precipitation Estimations

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Rainfall Estimations from Sunday Night, Dec.13-14 3-day Rainfall Estimations where 3-7" fell

Photos:

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Billings Creek near the Kickapoo River. Photo by Heather H. Flooding along the Kickapoo River. Photo by Heather H. Flooding along the Kickapoo River in Viola. Photo by Heather H.
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Township roads flooded. Minor road flooding.

Rainfall Report:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
948 AM CST TUE DEC 15 2015


...3-DAY RAINFALL TOTALS...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON              

...IOWA...

...ALLAMAKEE COUNTY...
3 SE WATERVILLE              3.71 IN   0907 AM 12/15   43.17N/91.24W        
4 ENE WATSON                 3.62 IN   0645 AM 12/15   43.11N/91.26W        
3 S DORCHESTER               3.27 IN   0900 AM 12/15   43.42N/91.51W        

...CHICKASAW COUNTY...
NEW HAMPTON 0.4 SW           3.02 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.06N/92.32W        
IONIA 2W                     2.77 IN   0845 AM 12/15   43.03N/92.50W        

...CLAYTON COUNTY...
MONONA WWTP                  3.84 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.04N/91.40W        
ELKADER 6SSW                 3.03 IN   0700 AM 12/15   42.78N/91.45W        
STRAWBERRY POINT             2.80 IN   0700 AM 12/15   42.69N/91.53W        
GUTTENBERG DAM 10            2.68 IN   0600 AM 12/15   42.78N/91.10W        
LITTLEPORT                   2.54 IN   0745 AM 12/15   42.75N/91.37W        
MARQUETTE-BLOODY RUN CREEK   2.37 IN   0900 AM 12/15   43.04N/91.21W        
ELKADER                      2.36 IN   0445 AM 12/15   42.84N/91.40W        
GARBER                       1.38 IN   0415 AM 12/15   42.74N/91.26W        

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
ELDORADO                     4.84 IN   0645 AM 12/15   43.05N/91.81W        
OELWEIN 0.8 WNW              3.89 IN   0500 AM 12/15   42.68N/91.93W        

...FLOYD COUNTY...
NASHUA 2SW                   3.38 IN   0700 AM 12/15   42.94N/92.57W        
CHARLES CITY                 2.43 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.06N/92.67W        
NORA SPRINGS 2.4 SSE         2.28 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.11N/92.99W        
ROCKFORD-SHELL ROCK RVR      2.08 IN   0345 AM 12/15   43.01N/92.93W        
CHARLES CITY-CEDAR RIVER     2.01 IN   0830 AM 12/15   43.06N/92.67W        

...HOWARD COUNTY...
CRESCO 1NE                   2.53 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.39N/92.09W        
RICEVILLE 3NE                1.78 IN   0913 AM 12/15   43.40N/92.50W        

...MITCHELL COUNTY...
OSAGE                        2.22 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.28N/92.81W        
ST ANSGAR                    2.04 IN   0630 AM 12/15   43.38N/92.92W        
SAINT ANSGAR                 1.82 IN   0913 AM 12/15   43.38N/92.92W        

...WINNESHIEK COUNTY...
DECORAH-UPPER IA RIVER       3.19 IN   0845 AM 12/15   43.30N/91.80W        
BLUFFTON                     2.23 IN   0745 AM 12/15   43.41N/91.90W        

...MINNESOTA...

...DODGE COUNTY...
KASSON 2E                    1.00 IN   0920 AM 12/15   44.02N/92.71W        

...FILLMORE COUNTY...
LANESBORO-ROOT RIVER         2.19 IN   0830 AM 12/15   43.72N/91.98W        
SPRING VALLEY 3E             1.89 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.68N/92.33W        
WYKOFF 3.1 NW                1.88 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.74N/92.31W        
PILOT MOUND-ROOT RIVER       1.87 IN   0900 AM 12/15   43.78N/92.03W        
FILLMORE                     1.71 IN   0830 AM 12/15   43.76N/92.27W        
PRESTON FILLMORE COUNTY AIRP 1.66 IN   0555 AM 12/15   43.68N/92.18W        

...HOUSTON COUNTY...
CALEDONIA                    3.20 IN   0845 AM 12/15
HOUSTON                      2.41 IN   0845 AM 12/15   43.77N/91.57W        
MOUND PRAIRIE                2.23 IN   0845 AM 12/15   43.78N/91.45W        

...MOWER COUNTY...
AUSTIN WASTE WATER TREATMENT 2.36 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.65N/92.97W        
AUSTIN 3NW-TURTLE CREEK      2.16 IN   0830 AM 12/15   43.65N/92.98W        
AUSTIN 3S                    2.11 IN   0900 AM 12/15   43.64N/92.97W        
LANSING-CEDAR RIVER          2.03 IN   0830 AM 12/15   43.75N/92.95W        
AUSTIN 2NE-DOBBINS CREEK     1.96 IN   0830 AM 12/15   43.67N/92.95W        
GRAND MEADOW                 1.90 IN   0600 AM 12/15   43.71N/92.56W        

...OLMSTED COUNTY...
BYRON 4N                     2.57 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.09N/92.64W        
ORONOCO 1W                   2.12 IN   0930 AM 12/15   44.17N/92.55W        
ELGIN 2SSW                   1.91 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.10N/92.27W        
BYRON                        1.88 IN   0923 AM 12/15   44.03N/92.66W        
ROCHESTER-CASCADE CREEK      1.85 IN   0830 AM 12/15   44.03N/92.47W        
ROCHESTER 2ENE               1.75 IN   0830 AM 12/15   44.03N/92.42W        
ROCHESTER 2.6 NE             1.74 IN   0600 AM 12/15   44.04N/92.44W        
ROCHESTER 3W                 1.73 IN   0830 AM 12/15   44.02N/92.53W        
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRP 1.72 IN   0554 AM 12/15   43.91N/92.50W        
EYOTA 2NE                    1.66 IN   0830 AM 12/15   44.01N/92.20W        
ROCHESTER 3NE                1.56 IN   0930 AM 12/15   44.05N/92.45W        
STEWARTVILLE 1SSE            1.42 IN   0907 AM 12/15   43.84N/92.48W        
BYRON                        1.36 IN   0926 AM 12/15   44.04N/92.64W        
ROCHESTER 3NW                1.36 IN   0919 AM 12/15   44.05N/92.53W        
HAMMOND 3SW                  1.27 IN   0925 AM 12/15   44.18N/92.41W        
ROCHESTER 2NE                1.21 IN   0909 AM 12/15   44.04N/92.44W        
DOUGLAS 3ESE                 1.10 IN   0930 AM 12/15   44.08N/92.51W        
DOUGLAS 4ESE                 0.93 IN   0917 AM 12/15   44.09N/92.49W        

...WABASHA COUNTY...
ZUMBRO FALLS 3.5 SSW         2.30 IN   0722 AM 12/15   44.24N/92.46W        
MAZEPPA 3ESE                 2.24 IN   0930 AM 12/15   44.26N/92.49W        
WABASHA                      1.68 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.38N/92.05W        
KELLOGG-ZUMBRO RIVER         1.52 IN   0900 AM 12/15   44.32N/92.00W        
BEAR VALLEY                  1.05 IN   0750 AM 12/15   44.32N/92.44W        

...WINONA COUNTY...
LA CRESCENT DAM 7            3.25 IN   0600 AM 12/15   43.87N/91.31W        
WHITEWATER STATE PARK GROUP  2.08 IN   0830 AM 12/15   44.06N/92.05W        
WINONA 1E                    2.01 IN   0920 AM 12/15   44.05N/91.63W        
WINONA DAM 5A                1.92 IN   0600 AM 12/15   44.09N/91.67W        
MINNESOTA CITY DAM 5         1.91 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.16N/91.81W        
WINONA 4SW                   1.89 IN   1000 AM 12/15
ALTURA 5W                    1.72 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.06N/92.04W        
WHITEWATER ST PARK           1.65 IN   0830 AM 12/15   44.05N/92.05W        
ELBA                         1.63 IN   0745 AM 12/15   44.09N/92.03W        
DAKOTA                       1.47 IN   0815 AM 12/15   43.91N/91.36W        
BEAVER-WHITE WATER RVR       1.16 IN   0845 AM 12/15   44.15N/92.00W        

...WISCONSIN...

...ADAMS COUNTY...
MONROE CENTER 1E             4.94 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.11N/89.92W        

...CLARK COUNTY...
OWEN 2N                      2.54 IN   0800 AM 12/15   44.98N/90.55W        

...CRAWFORD COUNTY...
DE SOTO                      4.23 IN   0916 AM 12/15   43.42N/91.19W        
STEUBEN 4SE                  3.65 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.13N/90.84W        
GAYS MILLS 6.1 SE            3.50 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.26N/90.76W        
LYNXVILLE DAM 9              3.40 IN   0600 AM 12/15   43.21N/91.10W        
GAYS MILLS                   3.22 IN   0800 AM 12/15   43.32N/90.85W        
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN             3.14 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.05N/91.13W        

...GRANT COUNTY...
BOSCOBEL AIRPORT             2.83 IN   0553 AM 12/15   43.16N/90.67W        
BOSCOBEL 1ENE                2.69 IN   0903 AM 12/15   43.15N/90.68W        
LANCASTER 4WSW               2.64 IN   0800 AM 12/15   42.83N/90.79W        
SINSINAWA                    2.58 IN   0700 AM 12/15   42.52N/90.54W        

...JACKSON COUNTY...
BLACK RIVER FALLS 1E         2.66 IN   0815 AM 12/15   44.30N/90.83W        
BLACK RIVER FALLS SEWAGE     2.62 IN   0830 AM 12/15   44.29N/90.85W        

...JUNEAU COUNTY...
VOLK FIELD AIRPORT           4.30 IN   0558 AM 12/15   43.94N/90.25W        
NECEDAH                      4.21 IN   0848 AM 12/15   44.03N/90.08W        
MAUSTON                      3.20 IN   0912 AM 12/15   43.80N/90.07W        
DELLWOOD 3NW                 2.58 IN   0810 AM 12/15   44.00N/89.99W        

...LA CROSSE COUNTY...
LA CROSSE WEATHER OFFICE     3.42 IN   0600 AM 12/15   43.82N/91.19W        
LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT   3.16 IN   0553 AM 12/15   43.88N/91.26W        
LA CROSSE 4NNW               3.12 IN   0730 AM 12/15   43.87N/91.27W        
WEST SALEM 2W                2.95 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.90N/91.12W        
HOLMEN 2S                    2.64 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.93N/91.25W        

...MONROE COUNTY...
TUNNEL CITY                  4.42 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.01N/90.57W        
KENDALL                      4.25 IN   0930 AM 12/15   43.79N/90.37W        
WARRENS 4WSW                 4.14 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.10N/90.59W        
CASHTON 3NNW                 3.69 IN   0736 AM 12/15   43.79N/90.80W        
TOMAH 5N                     3.61 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.06N/90.50W        
CATARACT                     3.48 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.08N/90.85W        
SPARTA                       3.46 IN   0800 AM 12/15   43.94N/90.82W        
NORWALK 5N                   3.34 IN   1100 AM 12/14
FOUR CORNERS                 3.19 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.07N/90.92W     

...RICHLAND COUNTY...
RICHLAND CENTER 4N           2.99 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.40N/90.39W        

...TAYLOR COUNTY...
MEDFORD                      2.59 IN   0800 AM 12/15   45.13N/90.34W        
LUBLIN 3NE                   2.02 IN   0814 AM 12/15   45.11N/90.69W        

...TREMPEALEAU COUNTY...
TREMPEALEAU DAM 6            2.72 IN   0600 AM 12/15   44.00N/91.44W        
GALESVILLE 2WSW              2.60 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.07N/91.39W        
OSSEO                        2.30 IN   0700 AM 12/15   44.58N/91.22W        

...VERNON COUNTY...
VIROQUA 0.8 ESE              6.27 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.55N/90.87W        
VIROQUA                      6.14 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.56N/90.88W        
SEAS BRANCH HAUGEN           4.64 IN   0648 AM 12/15   43.61N/90.85W        
WESTBY 3ENE                  4.27 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.67N/90.81W        
READSTOWN                    4.26 IN   0900 AM 12/15   43.45N/90.76W        
DAHLEN DAM                   4.22 IN   0516 AM 12/15   43.70N/90.85W        
SIDIE HOLLOW DAM             4.06 IN   0712 AM 12/15   43.54N/90.96W        
READSTOWN 4NE                3.79 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.48N/90.69W        
HILLSBORO WSW                3.60 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.65N/90.35W        
STODDARD                     3.57 IN   0700 AM 12/15   43.66N/91.22W        
GENOA DAM 8                  3.26 IN   0600 AM 12/15   43.57N/91.23W        

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

 

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