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Another shot of rain for southwest Minnesota

August 3, 2012
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - A very dry and quiet summer was once again interrupted by a strong storm this week, as yet another system swept threw southwest Minnesota late Friday.

A strong system that set up in South Dakota brought heavy rains and strong winds with it. Heavy rain was falling in Marshall by about 8:50 p.m. Friday. Wind gusts of up to 47 miles per hour were reported in Canby.

Friday's severe thunderstorms moved across the region at about 45 mph, the National Weather Service said.

"It was a very strong system that moved through the Northern Plains, and it was strong enough with this frontal boundary moving through that it generated a pretty expansive line of thunderstorms," said Jeff Chapman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Chapman said anywhere from two-thirds to three-quarters of an inch of rain fell in southwest Minnesota.

Chapman said by the time the system moved into Minnesota, it had lost a lot of its punch. Wind gusts of up to 79 mph were reported in Mitchell, S.D., earlier Friday.

"It was much stronger back in south central and northeast South Dakota," Chapman said. "It was a pretty big storm, but weakened by the time it got the Minnesota."

- Per Peterson



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