Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin records most rain of any state over past two weeks

- Trent Tetzlaff

What was a rather dry summer in Wisconsin has taken quite a turn over the past two weeks.

Severe storms with flash flooding, strong winds and multiple tornadoes have battered the state in the waning days of August.

For Wisconsini­tes who have navigated flooded streets and kept a close watch on their basements, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the state has seen the highest rainfall totals in the United States over the past 14 days.

According to the National Weather Service in Milwaukee, some parts of southwest, south-central and eastern Wisconsin have seen 10 to 15 inches of rain over the period.

Other areas in southern and northeaste­rn Wisconsin have racked up five to eight inches.

Denny VanCleve, a meteorolog­ist with the weather service, said the rainiest states are usually in the South, so this feat is a bit odd for Wisconsin.

“To have all this rain up here I would say it is pretty uncommon.”

Due to all of the rainfall, some counties in south-central and southeaste­rn Wisconsin remain under flash flood watches.

As if the state didn’t get enough rain the past few weeks, more is expected over the next seven days, according to the weather service.

Until Thursday of next week, weather service stations in Milwaukee and Green Bay are predicting at least a 50 percent chance of rain each day.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rain, hail or strong winds as they push through.

“Unfortunat­ely, we will be stuck in a warm and moist pattern again,” VanCleve said. “So chances of storms and showers are there the next 10 days, which is rather alarming.”

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