||A large storm system that was across the Northern Plains and upper Mississippi Valley provided deep moisture, with precipitable water values above 1.8 inches during the early morning hours of Aug 16th. A band of heavy rainfall developed across Kandiyohi, Meeker and Stearns County between 11 pm and 12 midnight, and produced two to four inches of rain near Willmar, Manannah, Eden Valley and Cold Spring by 1 am. Minor ponding of water was reported by the local law enforcement officials in Willmar around 1 am. Most of the heavy rainfall had shifted north across northern Stearns County by 1 am. However, more thunderstorms began to develop across southwest Minnesota and move northward into the same areas. By 4 am, another one to two inches of rain fell in the same areas that received two to four inches early. By 5 am, most of the rainfall had ended, but flooding was reported in Paynesville along Highway 23 due to locally three to five inches of rainfall in a six hour period.