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Cooler Highs Return - Lingering Storm Potential

Heavy Rain And Flooding Over The Past Few Days

Highway 23 at the Nemadji River (south of Highway 210) was washed out Saturday Night due to heavy rain. As you can see from the above image, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Facebook, the road is completely impassable. This area of the state was under a Flash Flood Emergency Saturday night due to the very heavy rain that fell across the region leading to flash flooding.

This is another view, again courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Facebook, of Highway 23 at the Nemadji River.

The Nemadji River did set a new record height on Sunday below Superior, WI.

Meanwhile, Minnesota wasn't the only state that observed washed out roads due to heavy rain Saturday Night. This was U.S. 2 in Bayfield County, WI, at North Fish Creek, now impassable due to heavy rain Saturday Night. Photo: @WisDOTnorthcent on Twitter.

The heaviest rain fell from parts of central Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin (and eventually the U.P. of Michigan) over the 24 hour period that ended at Noon on Sunday, with numerous reports of at least 3" of rain. The highest totals were across parts of northwestern Wisconsin, where stations around Drummond reported 9-12" of rain, and the RAWS site at Barnes, WI, recorded 7.74" of rain.

This is the rain forecast from Sunday to Tuesday evening across the region. We see that rainfall totals of at least an inch to two inches can be expected from southwestern Minnesota into northwestern Wisconsin. Especially across areas of northern/central Minnesota that have received heavy rainfall the past few days we will have to watch the potential for flooding.

Due to the potential of heavy rain, Flash Flood Watches have been issued Sunday Night into Monday across parts of eastern Minnesota into northern and western Wisconsin.

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Dewpoints In The Upper 70s Saturday Evening

It got downright oppressive in the Twin Cities Saturday evening, as the dewpoint climbed to a very tropical and sticky 78F for the 7 PM and 8 PM observations. With the 7 PM temperature of 87F, it felt more like 100F out!

That dewpoint of 78F is the highest dewpoint the Twin Cities has observed since the summer of 2011 according to the Minnesota State Climatology Office. On July 19th that year the Twin Cities saw a dewpoint of 82F, which is the highest on record for the observation site.

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Cooler Highs Return - Lingering Storm Potential
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas

Did you enjoy the sweltering weather across southern Minnesota this past weekend? I, for one, did not; during this type of weather you can typically find me in front of the air conditioner, patiently waiting for the next cold front to blow on through the region. Yes, even the meteorologist gets to complain about the weather every once in a while.

The dewpoint - a measure of the amount of moisture in the air - hit an oppressive 78F at the MSP airport Saturday evening. That’s the highest we’ve seen since 2011, which was the year we saw a record 82F dewpoint on July 19th. According to the Minnesota State Climatology Office, the Twin Cities have only recorded 28 hours since 1945 with a dewpoint of 80F or higher.

Cooler temperatures and lower dewpoints return as we begin this new work week, however, a few showers and storms may linger across southern Minnesota today. We’ll see drier weather for the middle of the week in the Twin Cities before more storm chances arrive by next weekend.

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Extended Twin Cities Forecast

MONDAY: Lingering southern MN rain. High 78. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: A few storms possible in southern MN. High 80. Low 62. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Dry with more sunshine. High 83. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind ENE 3-8 mph.
THURSDAY: A few clouds. Overnight storm chances. High 82. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind E 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: A few rumbles of thunder. High 80. Low 64. Chance of precipitation 40%. Wind ESE 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: Scattered storm potential. High 80. Low 65. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds & sun. Isolated t-storm. High 81. Low 64. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind W 5-10 mph.

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This Day in Weather History
June 18h

1939: A deadly tornado hits Anoka. 9 fatalities and over 200 injuries are reported.

1850: Territorial Governor Ramsey reports that about halfway between Ft. Ripley and Ft. Snelling on the Mississippi a severe hail storm occurred in the evening. One or two hailstones picked up were as large as hen’s eggs and he thought he saw one about the size of a 'musket ball.'

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Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
June 18th

Average High: 80F (Record: 98F set in 1953)
Average Low: 60F (Record: 39F set in 1876)
Average Precipitation: 0.14" (Record: 1.14" set in 1956)

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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
June 18th

Sunrise: 5:26 AM
Sunset: 9:02 PM

*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 36 minutes and 33 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~14 seconds

*Next Sunrise Of 5:30 AM Or Later: July 1st (5:30 AM)
*Latest Sunset: June 20th-July 1st (9:03 PM)
*Day With Most Daylight? June 21st (Daylight Length: 15:36:49)

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Minnesota Weather Outlook

We'll still have lingering showers and storms across southern Minnesota as we go throughout your Monday, but for the most part the front which has been lingering across the state throughout the weekend will push south. If you want sunnier skies, you'll have to head toward northern Minnesota. Most areas will see 70s for highs.

Highs across southern Minnesota Monday will be a few degrees below average for mid-June, with highs in northern Minnesota a few degrees above average.

Behind the front dewpoints will be lower than what we saw this weekend across the state, even if we are stilll holding onto the muggy 60s across parts of southern Minnesota.

Temperatures will be cooler as we head through this work week than what we saw this weekend, only hanging in the upper 70s to low/mid 80s here in the Twin Cities, which will be right around average for this time of year.

We do watch more precipitation chances in the forecast, particularly to begin and end the week. We could see an additional half an inch to an inch of rain from Monday through next weekend.

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National Weather Forecast

A slow moving cold front will continue to move south and east from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes and the Northeast, bringing the threat of showers and storms along with it. Showers and storms will also be possible across parts of the Northern Rockies. Across the Texas coast, tropical moisture and low pressure will help produce heavy rainfall across the region. Afternoon storms will be possible across the Southeast due to the heating of the day.

The heat that the upper Midwest saw this weekend will continue to work its way east into the beginning of the week. Record highs could be set in parts of the Northeast Monday including areas like Washington D.C., Allentown (PA), and Manchester (NH).

We will be tracking two areas for very heavy rain across parts of the nation through Friday morning. One will be across parts of the Central Plains, where 2-4" of rain could fall this week due to a slow moving front and upper level low. Heavy rain of at least 2-5", with isolated 10-15" amounts, will fall across parts of Texas due to tropical moisture being pumped in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Areas like Houston, Corpus Christi, and South Padre could see at least 3-6" of rain through the first couple days of the work week.

Meanwhile some of the heaviest rain looks to fall across parts of Nebraska and Kansas Tuesday and Tuesday Night, and there already a "moderate" risk of heavy rain that could lead to flooding.

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Pollinators, but No Pollen: Spring Heat Left Europe's Plants, Insects Out of Sync

More from InsideClimate News: "In a patch of scruffy prairie near Vienna, marbled white butterflies hover near clusters of unopened globe thistles. They uncurl their long proboscises to probe the spiky buds—without success. It'll be a couple more weeks before the flowers open, but some of the butterflies may not survive that long if they don't find something else to eat. Two months of unusually high spring temperatures in Europe have thrown the ecosystem in this urban wilderness meadow out of whack, says butterfly expert Marion Jaros. The warm temperatures accelerated the hatch of many butterflies and other pollinating species, but the flowers they depend on for nectar are not responding in sync. "Here, too, you can see climate change," Jaros says, as a hot, dry wind rustles the tall grass, dried to golden straw a month sooner than usual. Important pollinator species are being affected across Europe, she adds."

As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation Of Engineers Is Motivated By Climate Change

More from NPR: "The number of people graduating with nuclear engineering degrees has more than tripled since a low point in 2001, and many are passionate about their motivation. "I'm here because I think I can save the world with nuclear power," Leslie Dewan told the crowd at a 2014 event as she pitched her company's design for a new kind of reactor. Dewan says climate change, and the fact that nuclear plants emit no greenhouse gasses, is the big reason she became a nuclear engineer. And she's not alone. "The reason that almost all of our students come into this field is climate change," says Dennis Whyte, head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."

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 - D.J. Kayser

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Another Hot, muggy and stormy Day for Dad

Another Stormy Day Sunday
 
According to NOAA's SPC, there is another risk of strong to severe thunderstorms across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday. Some of the storms could produce damaging winds, large hail and locally heavy rain. Stay tuned!
 
 
Weather Outlook
 
The weather outlook from AM Sunday to AM Tuesday shows another round of heavy rain moving in on Sunday as the stalled frontable boundary finally starts sagging south. It looks like there maybe a few lingering T-storms across southern Minnesota on Monday, but by Tuesday, the front drops even farthern south allowing skies to dry. 
 
 
Additional Precipitation Potential
 
Another round of heavy rain looks to push through on Sunday with amounts nearing 1" to 2" in spots. With all the heavy rain that some have seen this weekend, it appears that localized flooding can't be ruled out. 
 
 
 
Excessive Rainfall Potential Sunday
 
According to NOAA's WPC there is a slight risk of excessive rainfall across parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday. With all the rain that some spots have seen this weekend, there is certainly a chance that flooding will be possible.
 
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Stormy Father's Day Weekend So Far...
 
The weekend has been pretty active so far with multiple rounds of thunderstorms rolling across the state. The picture below was from AM Saturday when the Twin Cities was inundated widely scattered T-storms. The good news is that nothing was severe, but it certainly made for a soggy start to the weekend.
 
 
 Grandma's Marathon Weekend - Duluth, MN
 
Duluth is a beautiful place and was fortunate enough to live there for four years when I got my first job in TV meteorologist right after college. The weather can be wild at times and when the wind is right, it is MUCH colder by the lake. While many across the state had hot and humid conditions, a cool wind off the lake made for a pretty decent run for Grandma's Marathon. The best news of all is that it stayed dry for the race!! The image below is from the Marine Museum early Saturday morning and you can see the low haze and fog hanging over the lake.  Weather conditions will turn stormy through the day and through the rest of the weekend. 
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Extended Temperature Outlook

The extended forecast through the end of the month shows a pretty big warm up as we head into the weekend with highs approaching the lower/middle 90s in the Twin Cities. The images below suggest the GFS (American model) and ECMWF (European model) temperature outlook. Temps will fall back into the upper 70s and low/mid 80s as we approach the Summer Solstice next week.

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"Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble."
 
"Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 200 billion tons of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimeter every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday. The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded. If the acceleration continues, some of scientists’ worst fears about rising oceans could be realized, leaving low-lying cities and communities with less time to prepare than they had hoped. The result also reinforces that nations have a short window — perhaps no more than a decade — to cut greenhouse-gas emissions if they hope to avert some of the worst consequences of climate change. Antarctica, the planet’s largest ice sheet, lost 219 billion tons of ice annually from 2012 through 2017 — approximately triple the 73 billion-ton melt rate of a decade ago, the scientists concluded. From 1992 through 1997, Antarctica lost 49 billion tons of ice annually."
 
 
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El Nino Watch Issued By NOAA
 
El Niño watch issued as signs point to a return of the climate cycle - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued an El Niño watch, meaning that conditions are favorable for El Niño conditions to develop in the tropical Pacific Ocean within the next six months. Why it matters: If an El Niño forms, it would follow one of the most intense such events on record, which teamed up with long-term climate change, to lead to the warmest year ever recorded: 2016. Depending on its exact location in the Pacific and its intensity, the climate phenomenon can reorder weather patterns around the world. On the plus side, it can contribute to increased upper atmospheric winds over the tropical Atlantic, weakening nascent hurricanes and keeping the number of storms lower than they otherwise would be."

See more from Axios HERE:

 
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"2017 Broke Records for Number of Flooded Days on U.S. Coasts"

"Due to the combined impacts of climate change and upcoming El Niño conditions, coastal high tide flooding in the U.S. will be up to 60 percent more frequent in 2018 than it was 20 years ago, the most recent high tide flooding report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced Wednesday, projected. The report, NOAA's 2017 State of High Tide Flooding and 2018 Outlook, also found that the 2017 meteorological year (May 2017 - April 2018) broke records for the number of high tide flooding days nationally, for an average of six days per coastal location observed. The report predicted that, going forward, 2018 and the years after would continue to break records due to sea level rise, and that the rate of increased flooding might accelerate. Overall, the average number of flooded days has already doubled in the past 30 years. Flooding is increasing most quickly along the Southeast Atlantic coast, up by 160 percent since 2000. Flood frequencies are also significantly increasing along the Northeast Atlantic coast, at 100 percent, and the Eastern and Western Gulf Coasts, at 50 percent."

See more from EcoWatch HERE:

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Carlotta In the Eastern Pacific

Carlotta became the third named storm in the Eastern Pacific this weekend. However, it only intensified to Tropical Storm status, which is less than it's predecessors; Aletta and Bud, which both became category 4 hurricanes. As of midday Saturday, Carlotta had sustained winds of 50mph just prior to landfall in the southern shores of Mexico.

Tracking Carlotta

Here was NOAA's NHC official forecast just prior to landfall of Carlotta with Mexico's southern shores. The good news is that winds won't be so much of an issue, but heavy rainfall will be any issue for some.

Activity in the Atlantic? 

According to NOAA's NHC, there is a wave of energy in the Atlantic basin that has a LOW probability of tropical formation over the next 5 days. This area of unsettled weather might not have enough time to gather enough strength to become a tropical system, but it will likely bring heavier rain to places along the western and northern portions of the Gulf Coast region.

 Tropical Climatology (June 11th - 20th)
 
This is neat map from NOAA's NHC, which shows where we typically see tropical cyclones develop in early June. Note that in the Atlantic, the points of origin correlate well with where Alberto developed  2 weeks ago and the points of origin correlate well with where Aletta and Bud have formed in the Eastern Pacific over the last week.
 
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2018 Lightning Fatalities - FIVE

Did you know that lightning ranks as one of the top weather related killers in the U.S.? An average of nearly 50 people are killed each year in the United States and so far this year, 5 people have died from lightning; 2 in Florida, 1 in Texas, 1 in Tennesee, and now 1 in Arkansas. Interestingly, from 2008-2017, 222 males have died, while only 63 females have died.

See Lightning Safety Tips From NOAA HERE:

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2018 Tornadoes So Far...

According to NOAA's SPC, there have been ONLY 487 preliminary tornadoes so far this year (through June 15th), which is quite a bit less than what we had at this time over the last several years. 2018, no question, has been a very quiet year in the national tornado department. Interestingly, there were 1,432 tornadoes at this time in 2011; that year ended with 1,897 tornadoes, which is nearly 500 more than the short-term 2005-2015 average. 

Average Tornadoes in June By State

Here's the average number of tornadoes during the month of June by state. Texas sees the most with 24, but interestingly, Minnesota averages 15 tornado this month, which is the most out of any other month during the year. Comparitively, Minnesota averages 11 in July and 5 in August, so we are entering our typical severe weather season here over the several weeks.

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3-7 Day Hazard Forecast

1.) Heavy rain across portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Southern Plains, Mon-Wed, Jun 18-Jun 20.
2.) Heavy rain across portions of the Central Plains, the Lower Mississippi Valley, the Northern Plains, the Great Lakes, the Central Rockies, the Middle Mississippi Valley, the Upper Mississippi Valley, the Southern Plains, and the Ohio Valley, Mon-Thu, Jun 18-Jun 21.
3.) Flooding possible across portions of the Middle Mississippi Valley, the Great Lakes, the Upper Mississippi Valley, and the Northern Plains.
4.) Flooding occurring or imminent across portions of the Ohio Valley and the Northern Plains.
5.) Flooding likely across portions of the Middle Mississippi Valley and the Ohio Valley.
6.) Excessive heat across portions of the Central Plains, the Middle Mississippi Valley, the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley, and the Upper Mississippi Valley, Mon, Jun 18.
7.) Excessive heat across portions of the Southeast, the Southern Appalachians, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Central Appalachians, Mon-Wed, Jun 18-Jun 20.
8.) Much above normal temperatures across portions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Northern Rockies, and the Northern Great Basin, Mon-Fri, Jun 18-Jun 22.
9.) Heavy rain across portions of the Alaska Panhandle and mainland Alaska, Mon, Jun 18.
10.) Slight risk of much above normal temperatures for portions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Northern Rockies, and the Northern Great Basin, Sat-Mon, Jun 23-Jun 25.
11.) Moderate risk of much above normal temperatures for portions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Northern Rockies, and the Northern Great Basin, Sat-Sun, Jun 23-Jun 24.
12.) High risk of much above normal temperatures for portions of the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Great Basin, Sat, Jun 23.
13.) Slight risk of heavy precipitation for portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley, the Tennessee Valley, the Mid-Atlantic, the Southern Appalachians, the Southeast, and the Ohio Valley, Sat-Sun, Jun 23-Jun 24.
14.) Severe Drought across the Central Plains, the Central Rockies, the Central Great Basin, the Northern Plains, the Northern Great Basin, the Southern Rockies, the Middle Mississippi Valley, California, the Southern Plains, and the Southwest.

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Temperature Anomaly on Saturday

The temperature anomaly across North America from Saturday showed WELL above average temperatures across much of the Central US and into central Canada, while cooler than average temps were found across in the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeast.

Temperature Trend

It has been a pretty warm stretch of weather over the last few days in the Central US and as we head into the early part of the week ahead it'll still be warm, but not as hot. The blob of heat looks to shift east  through the Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states as we head through the next few days, while cooler than average temps will continue in the Western part of the country.

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Weather Outlook Ahead

The weather loop below shows fairly active weather continuing across the Central US with strong to severe thunderstorms across the Upper Midwest and flooding rains possible as well. Note that some of the moisture moving up from the Southwest to the Upper Midwest was associated with Hurricane Bud from the Eastern Pacific. There will also be areas of heavy rain moving in across the Gulf Coast and Texas as a wave of energy approaches from the tropics there.

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7 Day Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's WPC, the 7-day precipitation outlook suggests areas of heavy rain continuing across parts of the Central US. Several inches of rain can't be ruled out along with localized flooding. Interesting to see that much of the nation looks to get in on some precipitation action with the exception of a few spots in the Western US, mainly California.


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US Drought Outlook

Here is the national drought map from Thursday, June 12th, which shows extreme and exceptional drought conditions across much of the Four-Corners region and into the Central and Southern Plains. Hopefully the remnants of Bud will help to less the drought in some places there. However, note the Southeast is drought free now thanks to a VERY wet month of May!

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Another Hot, muggy and stormy Day for Dad
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.

My late Father was my biggest cheerleader. Always very encouraging and proud of every accomplishment that I had, big or small. It has been 8 years since his passing, but I can still hear his contagious laugh and remember his witty jokes. Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

Well, it certainly has been an interesting past couple of days. Between the excessive heat and stormy weather, I'd wager a soggy bagel that most are ready for a dose of sublime sunshine. Unfortunately, the sweaty weather continues today as heat index values top out near 100 degrees this afternoon.

NOAA's SPC has also highlighted a risk of severe weather across parts of the state as our slow and stubborn frontal boundary meanders east. Interestingly, backyard rain gauges will be sampling remnants of Hurricane Bud that was a category 4 storm in the Eastern Pacific earlier this week. Go figure! With that said, some of rain could be heavy today with localized flooding.

Hey at least your lawn is green and the birds are clean since bird baths are full again!
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Extended Forecast

SUNDAY: Hot & muggy with strong PM storms. Winds: SSW  5-15. High: 89.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Showers and storms continue in S. MN. Winds: SW 5-10. Low: 68

MONDAY: Wet start. Lingering T-storms in S. MN. Winds: N 5-15. High: 78.

TUESDAY: Finally drying out. Mild sunshine. Winds: ENE 5-10. Wake-up: 62. High: 79.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, dry and pleasant. Winds: E 5. Wake-up: 60. High: 82.

THURSDAY:Late day rumbles possible south. Winds: E 5-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 83.

FRIDAY: Showers and T-storms return. Winds: ESE 5-15. Wake-up: 64. High: 80.

SATURDAY: Spotty thundershowers possible. Winds: SW 5-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 78.
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This Day in Weather History
June 17th

2010: The largest single-day tornado outbreak in Minnesota history occurs with 48 tornadoes across the state. This outbreak would set the stage for a record breaking tornado year in Minnesota that finished with 113 tornadoes, the most of any state in the US that year. There were three EF-4 tornadoes and four EF-3 tornadoes in Minnesota. Four tornado fatalities occurred, which was the highest daily number since July 5, 1978.
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Average High/Low for Minneapolis
June 17th

Average High: 80F (Record: 97F set in 1933)
Average Low: 60F (Record: 42F set in 1960)

Record Rainfall: 1.72" set in 1883
Record Snowfall: NONE
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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
June 17th

Sunrise: 5:26am
Sunset: 9:02pm

Hours of Daylight: ~15 hours & 36 minutes

Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~18 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): 6 Hour 49 Minutes
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Moon Phase for June 17th at Midnight
2.2 Days Before First Quarter Moon

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 Temp Outlook For Sunday

Sunday will be another warm and humid day across the southern half of Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The slow moving front will finally start shifting east, which will allow slightly cooler and less humid conditions to move in by the early week time frame. However, As the frontal boundary moves through the region on Sunday, another round of strong to severe storms and locally heavy rainfall will be possible. Heat index values on Sunday across the southern half of the state could reach the mid/upper 90s for some.

 
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8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, June 23rd - 29th will be warmer than average across much of the nation with the exception of parts of the Southwest. Also note that much of central Alaska will be cooler than average.

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"Firefighters Are Warning Parents About the Little-Known Dangers of Outdoor Water Hoses"

"It’s a garden tool that seems pretty harmless, but firefighters say it can actually do a lot of damage: the outdoor water hose. How? As it turns out, water left in outdoor hoses can reach up 140 degrees in hot summer months, and firefighters in Las Vegas want parents to know about the risk before spraying their little ones or hooking the hose up to sprinklers."

See more from Working Mother HERE:


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"SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR WATER SUPPLY?"

"Cape Town was in danger this year of becoming the first big city to run out of water, which forced the South African metropolis to impose severe water-saving measures to avert “Day Zero.” Research from scientists at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shows that worldwide freshwater reserves have changed drastically since 2002. The decline in water availability in regions such as northern India, northeast China, the Caspian Sea and across the Middle East has been blamed mainly on irrigation and groundwater pumping. “Any of these spots on the map are potential ‘Cape Towns’ in future,” says Jay Famiglietti, one of the authors of the study, referring to the 34 areas that showed the greatest changes. “Freshwater availability is changing, and water insecurity is much closer than we think.”

See more from OZY HERE:


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"The June solstice is almost here — here's how it works and why it starts both summer and winter"

"The June solstice of 2018 will happen on Thursday, June 21, at 6:07 a.m. ET. To people who live in Earth's northern hemisphere, this marks the longest day of the year. It also signals the end of spring, the arrival of summer, and a gradual retreat toward the fall season, which is marked by an equinox. For those in the southern hemisphere, it's exactly the opposite: The June solstice marks the start of winter, when days have reached their shortest and darkest, though daylight will last longer and grow stronger as the September equinox approaches. Two things drive this all-important seasonal clock: Earth's tilted axis and the planet's orbit around the sun."

See more from Business Insider HERE:

"Drought Battle: Israel to Use Desalinated Water to Rescue the Sea of Galilee"

"JERUSALEM, Israel – Following five consecutive years of below-average winter rainfall, Israeli cabinet ministers passed a $30 million measure to replenish the Sea of Galilee and seven northern streams severely affected by the drought. The Dead Sea and the Jordan River are also suffering from the drought. For the first time ever, desalinated water will be pumped into the Kinneret to help replenish its water level, as well as the streams in the north. The plan also includes construction of two new desalination plants, one on the coast of the Western Galilee and a second in Sorek, where the world's most advanced and largest desalination plant came on line in 2014."

See more from CBN News HERE:

 

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"'Australia doesn’t realise’: worsening drought pushes farmers to the brink"

"In the south-west corner of NSW’s Liverpool plains, in an area called Bundella, farmer Megan Kuhn runs beef cattle and merino sheep with her husband, Martin. They have 400 breeding cows that will calve in six weeks. Shortly, 89 of those cows will leave the property, sold to an abattoir because the cost of feeding the animals during drought has become too great. “There is nowhere to send them to pasture so they are going to be slaughtered,” Kuhn says. “We’re killing a cow and a calf at this late stage of pregnancy. The drought is so widespread there’s just no options left for stock producers to put them anywhere. That’s why it’s so heartbreaking. “Australia doesn’t realise. The cattle we’ve got are rapidly diminishing because of the drought.” Further north, about 20 km from Mullaley, Margaret Fleck is seeing conditions on her property she has not encountered in the 20 years she has been there. She and her partner Paul run beef cattle, producing grass-fed beef for the domestic and export markets. December was the end of their seventh calendar year of below-average rainfall. In the 12 months to May this year, they have had just over 50% of their annual average rainfall."

See more from The Guardian HERE:

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"Extreme Hurricane Rainfall Expected to Increase in a Warmer World"

"Hurricane Harvey of August 2017 brought the greatest rainfall event ever recorded in the U.S. by a tropical cyclone—an astonishing 60.58” in Nederland, Texas. The resulting flood disaster was the second costliest weather-related disaster in U.S. and world history--$125 billion, according to NOAA. Naturally, this gave rise to questions about whether the rains were made worse by global warming, and how we might expect tropical cyclone rainfall to change in a warming climate. One of the more confident predictions hurricane scientists can make on the future of hurricanes in a warmer climate is that they will dump heavier rains, due to increased moisture in the atmosphere. There is a growing body of literature showing that heavy precipitation events of all kinds—including those from tropical cyclones (which include all hurricanes, tropical storms, and tropical depressions)—have already grown more common. Four papers in the past year have been published that found that human-caused global warming significantly increased the odds of the heavy rains like Hurricane Harvey brought to Texas. In this post, we take a comprehensive look at what the published peer-reviewed science says on the expected increase in heavy rains from tropical cyclones in a warmer world"

See more from Wunderground HERE:

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