Cristobal’s northern trek ‘is kind of crazy’
Parts of the Midwest could receive from two to three inches of rain, or more, this week as the remnants of tropical storm Cristobal move northward.
The rains are expected to move up the Mississippi River Valley and push as far north as northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Dennis Todey with USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub, based in Ames, Iowa, says that’s very unusual.
“It’s really kind of unprecedented because more of the tropical systems that enter through the Gulf of Mexico tend to get pushed off to the east before making it this far north,” Todey says. “Really, this time of year and this far north, it’s really kind of crazy.”
Todey says while some areas of the Midwest will welcome the rain, others may not.
“We had parts of Illinois that had heavy rainfalls last week. We’ve had parts of eastern Iowa that have had a few isolated heavy rainfalls. It will probably inundate some fields where there’s some flooding forecast.”
Todey says weather records indicate only one other time in the last 150 years that a tropical system has pushed as far north as Cristobal is forecast to move this week.
AUDIO: Dennis Todey