Twin Cities post driest autumn on record

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As homeowners with parched lawns can attest, the Twin Cities have just finished their driest autumn on record.

Only 1.36 inches of precipitation fell at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport from September through November, which is meteorological autumn. The Minnesota Climatology Working Group says that’s the lowest on record, beating out the 1.54 inches that fell in 1889.

Since 1871, this is one of only three years with less than 2 inches of precipitation in the fall. The other years are 1889 and 1952.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says 7.28 inches is considered normal autumn precipitation in the Twin Cities.