The District uses both volunteers and a weather station to track how much precipitation falls in the watershed . If you are interested in helping measure rain and snow fall amounts, contact the Watershed at 952-447-4166 or email@example.com. There are many other options for people interested in volunteering with the District. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more ideas.
The weather station is located at Spring Lake Townhall by Fish Lake. To view the current or past weather data at this station, click here. The City of Prior Lake also has a weather station located at the City of Prior Lake Maintenance Building (near Kwik Trip) which can be found here.
Manual Rain Gauge:
To view past rain or snowfall data collected by volunteers or PLSLWD using a manual rain gauge, click on the link below. Choose station “Prior Lake City Hall 4646 Dakota St” to get the most recent data from the Prior Lake City Hall, as it is updated daily (except for Saturday and Sunday).
Notes about manual rain gauge data:
- Monday’s entry may include rainfall and/or snowfall totals from the previous weekend.
- You must select both a “start date” and an “end date” in order for data to display.
- Snowfall data is based on the amount of precipitation after the snow is melted.
- Other sites are updated on a less frequent schedule, or may no longer be collecting rain and snow data.
The National Weather Service (NWS) created Precipitation Forecasting tool for our watershed which can be found at: https://www.weather.gov/mpx/psl. The tool shows the predicted precipitation for the watershed for the next seven days and is shown for 6 hour increments.
A Hydrologic Conditions Report is prepared monthly by the Division of Ecological and Water Resources and provides general information concerning the various water resources across Minnesota. The report places current values of precipitation, stream flows, lake levels and ground water levels in historical context. Click here to view or sign up for monthly reports.
Also check out this interesting MinnPost article: No, it’s never to cold to snow.