Talk about a reversal of fortune.
After spending most of the summer in dry conditions, rain returned to the Brainerd area with a vengeance.
On Thursday, almost a half-inch fell at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport as of 5 p.m., following on the heals of 1.43 inches of rain Monday and .59 inches Tuesday.
By comparison, less than three inches of rain fell in Crow Wing County from June 5 through July 30.
The benefits: The fire danger rating is low, burning is allowed with a permit and lakes and rivers are receiving much needed rain. However, lingering effects of the 2006 drought have kept most of Crow Wing County in severe to extreme drought levels as of Thursday.
But the rain could be too much of a good thing.
On Thursday, the National Weather Service in Duluth issued a strong wind advisory and a flood advisory for the Brainerd area. In both advisories, the weather service noted the already saturated ground as cause for concern.
Mike Stewart, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said the Brainerd area has had enough rain for the time being.
"We've gone from famine to feast in this case and it's been too much at a time," Stewart said. "We need a break."
Stewart said that heavy rainfall is possible through Thursday night. Rain also is likely Friday morning and afternoon. After a break Saturday, there's a 20-percent chance of rain Sunday, a 40-percent chance Sunday night and Monday and a 20-percent chance Monday night, according to the weather service.
A flash-flood watch is in effect until Friday afternoon. The combination of the rain falling on already saturated ground has caused elevated levels on small creeks and streams, the weather service reported, as well as ponding of water on country roads and farmland along the banks of creeks and streams.
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