The National Weather Service (NWS) says June 19 and June 20 was Duluth, Minnesota's wettest two-day period on record. Heavy rain from thunderstorms led to severe flooding Tuesday night across northern Minnesota, including in Duluth, where there was extensive damage from the floodwaters.
According to the NWS, more than 7 inches of rain fell over a large portion of north-central and northeastern Minnesota, with most of the rain falling in just a few hours' time, drawing comparisons to a historic flood in August 1972.
While the sheer extent of damage in the area was enough to get national media attention, a picture of an escaped seal from the Lake Superior Zoo posted to website Reddit went viral.
Brandon Stahl of the Duluth News Tribune reported that "zoo staff said three of its birds had drowned: a turkey vulture, a raven and a snowy owl. Of the barnyard animals, only a miniature horse survived, while six sheep, four goats and a donkey died."
"All zoo animals have been secured. Sadly, the zoo experienced the loss of several animals, among them many of the barnyard residents. Due to flooding, the zoo's polar bear Berlin was able to exit her exhibit. She was darted by the zoo's vet and is safe in quarantine. At no time did any dangerous animal leave the perimeter fence."
Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minn., will house the displaced animals from Lake Superior Zoo until employees can restore the park, KARE-TV reports.
People across the Northwest and northern California will be reaching for their umbrellas heading into the weekend as a system spreads rain over the West.
Rounds of tropical downpours threaten to cause flooding across the Philippines this week with the danger also spreading to Vietnam.
Thousands of people across New England had to spend their evening in darkness this Thanksgiving, as a powerful Northeast snowstorm wiped out electricity across the region on Wednesday.
After a few dry days, northeastern Argentina and Uruguay could be facing flooding problems for the weekend.
Icy roads will threaten travel in the Northeast this weekend while snow and rain will disrupt travel in the West.
Areas of snow and ice will create slippery travel for some northern states on Black Friday, while the weather will cooperate for shoppers over most of nation.
New England (1921)
Heavy ice storm in New England with a buildup of over 3 inches. Power lines downed, trees destroyed. Damage totalled $10 million damage.
Lake Superior (1960)
A severe lake storm along the north shore of Lake Superior: waves 20-40 feet high, wind gust to 73 mph. Floods and waves caused structural damage.
Goodland, KS (1983)
19 inches of snow on the ground with drifts of up to 8 feet.