Minnesota is no stranger to floods caused by heavy precipitation. The town experienced rainfalls of these high magnitudes with a large geographical extent able of becoming catastrophic.
Since statehood, there have been several mega-rain events that have happened in Minnesota. The mega-rains have brought floods with six inches of water, which covered over 1.000 square miles of land. Research from historical climate records, diaries, and newspaper accounts have been shown to be very valuable in identifying the upcoming floods.
However, it wasn’t always like that before the aspirations and foresight of the State Climatologist Earl Kuehnast and Dr. Don Baker in the 1970s. Their desire to examine the flash floods caused by heavy rainfalls affected an explosion of rainfall observers. Since then, the state of Minnesota has definitely avoided some significant destruction caused by water damage and floods.
Although their system has undergone some changes through time, it has remained intact for the core goal of identifying mega-rainfall events.