Record-breaking rain in late December is helping St. Cloud recover from a year-long drought. Meteorologist Tyler Hasenstein explains that the soil temperature has remained above freezing, allowing the rain to soak in rather than run off. Almost 2.5″ fell over three days, with the steady rain ensuring absorption by the dry soil. Christmas Eve saw a record daily precipitation, but otherwise, the rain was gradual and ideal for soaking in. The forecast is for a calm end to the year, with temperatures remaining above average in the mid-to-upper 30s until the weekend. This relief comes after a year of drought conditions, bringing much-needed moisture to the area.