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Published May 03, 2012, 02:43 PM

Downpour briefly shuts down Twin Cities airport

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has reopened after a heavy downpour briefly suspended flights.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has reopened after a heavy downpour briefly suspended flights.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/K4LmPb) reports no planes moved in or out of the airport for about 15 minutes Thursday morning because of rain and winds.

The drenching rain flooded streets in the Twin Cities. The National Weather Service recorded 0.75 inch of rain in an hour.

Hydrologist Diane Cooper with the North Central River Forecast Center says after months of drought, the ground “is just really appreciating” the recent rainfall.

Tuesday night's rainfall included 3.11 inches at St. Cloud, more than 2 inches in the northern metro and more than 0.75 inch at the Twin Cities airport.

Assistant Minnesota state climatologist Pete Boulay says the rain will help, but it was “not a drought-buster by any means.”

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com


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