Another round of thunderstorms is slamming the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota this morning. The weather service has recorded 3.47" as of 9:45 AM and with the ground already saturated from the wettest spring since 1871, nearly all of that is eventually going to find its way to the Mississippi. Flood gauges along the river from Brainerd to Dubuque were near or over flood stage before this latest torrential rain and there's more still to come this week. Heck, they're talking another 1-3" yet this morning and judging by how hard it is raining as I type this it will be closer to the 3" mark.
I haven't seen any warnings about major flooding on the Mississippi, yet, but there was a definite surge of water heading south already and it will get a big boost from today's storms, and the heavy rain in the forecast for the overnight. And there's at least a chance of thunderstorms every day for the next week. If those materialze and produce more heavy rains I can't believe there won't be a significant impact downriver.
No need to panic, but flood-prone communities along the Mississippi in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri should start paying attention.