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Rain in forecast, as 2019 already among wettest in La Crosse history

Rick Solem

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More rain in the forecast for what’s been the 19th-wettest year in the area.

Through Oct. 8, there has been 38.35 inches of rain recorded at the La Crosse Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

Note, this is through Oct. 8. The year isn’t over, of course. The NWS says, through that date, it’s the third-wettest year on record with just 2016 and 1973 with more rain (see graphic on right).

On top of that, the last four years have been among the 19 wettest ever recorded and seven of the 19 wettest have occurred since 2004.

The NWS says rain and some isolated storms are possible, moving into the area Wednesday night.

“As the rain moves into the area, there will be some weakening as it runs into some drier air over the region,” NWS posted. “Here is a model simulation of the rainfall from tonight into Thursday.”

Rainfall Moving into the Area Overnight

Rain and possible some isolated storms will move into the area overnight. As the rain moves into the area, there will be some weakening as it runs into some drier air over the region. Here is a model simulation of the rainfall from tonight into Thursday.

Posted by US National Weather Service La Crosse Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

With the rain, comes floods and a flood warning has been issued for the Mississippi River at Guttenberg, Iowa. Minor flooding is expected as soon as Thursday evening.

Minor flooding is also expected along the Mississippi River at both Wabasha, Minn., and McGregor, Iowa.

Lastly, the NWS served up some grim news when it comes to pleasant weather. It’s over. Get out the winter coats and hats.

Big changes are on the way! Enjoy the last bit of pleasant weather today because here is what we can expect for the end of the week into the weekend 🥶

Posted by US National Weather Service La Crosse Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 9, 2019