Rainforest in Minnesota?

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.

It's amazing how fast the ferns and the moss perk right up after a hard rain.

It’s amazing how fast the ferns and the moss perk right up after a hard rain.

Not really a rainforest, but looks like it.  Moss was growing on the north sides of the trees (opposite where I was standing).

Not really a rainforest, but looks like it. Moss was growing on the north sides of the trees (opposite where I was standing).

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No fall color in this part of the woods — yet.

Fungi are notable for their rapid growth.  I have no idea what this one was, but clumps of it had invaded several parts of the trunk of this still-living tree.

Fungi are notable for their rapid growth. I have no idea what this one was, but clumps of it had invaded several parts of the trunk of this still-living tree.

Some of the mushrooms had grown quite large.  This was one of three giants in an area where there weren't even any fallen logs.

Some of the mushrooms had grown quite large.  This was one of three giants in an area where there weren’t even any fallen logs.

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)?

Real temperate rainforest in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Real temperate rainforest in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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.

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