A three day drenching after a long two-month rain drought turned our dehydrated deciduous forest into a dripping rainforest. Walking through Reservoir Woods the other day on a cool, but humid morning, I felt like I was in Tacoma, Washington instead of Minnesota. I hope the photos below can convey some of that scene.
Would Minnesota develop into temperate rainforest characteristic of the far northwestern coastal areas of North America (click here for a map of the global distribution of temperate rainforest)?
Most likely not. Average rainfall in MN is about 32 inches; average rainfall of a temperate rainforest is about 55 inches. Climate change models predict that the MN climate will become more like Kansas than Washington state — warmer and drier, not cooler and wetter.
But it was nice walking around, pretending for a day.