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Record rainfall across parts of Wisconsin over the weekend


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Parts of Wisconsin had record rainfalls during the weekend.

But there were not many reports of flooding – and you can thank the drought for that.

The National Weather Service said the dry conditions minimized the potential for flooding – even in places that got 3.66 inches of rain over a two-day period.

Appleton and Oshkosh had that much. And the Weather Service said it was the wettest two-day period ever for an October in those cities.

Berlin in Green Lake County recorded the most, at 4.25 inches for the weekend. And the Weather Service said its Doppler radar estimated up to 6 inches in parts of Waushara County in central Wisconsin.

Madison set a new rainfall record for Sunday, with 1.74 inches. But as of last week, the city was 9 inches short of its normal precipitation for the year. And the rains in the Milwaukee area did not cover even half of the region’s rain shortage since June.

But Weather Service meteorologist Mark Gehring said the rain that did fall was a godsend for farmers planting winter wheat – and to provide at least a little moisture to thirsty lawns and trees.

Forecasters say more rain is possible Tuesday and likely on Wednesday. Highs are expected about normal for this time of year, in the 50’s and 60’s.