Yellow dot = wind damage/gust.
"The heaviest rainfall ever officially recorded at a Twin Cities weather station fell between about 1800 hours CDT on 23 July and about 0200 hours CDT on 24 July 1987. During this eight hour interval, observers at the Twin Cities International airport station measured an even ten inches of rain (9.15 inches of which fell in a five hour period). And, although it escaped the worst of the storm, most parts of St. Paul received totals in the five to seven inch range, including 5.47 inches at the St. Paul NWS cooperative station; 5.30 inches at the North St. Paul NWS cooperative station; and 6.03 inches at the compiler's St. Paul Battle Creek area station. In addition to the heavy rainfall, the 23-24 July storm spawned a tornado which first touched down at about 1900 hours CDT near Goose Lake in the northwestern corner of the Twin Cities area. The funnel then moved in a southeasterly direction, causing extensive damage in the Twin Cities suburbs of Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park. Damage in other areas (including St. Paul) was extensive, largely the result of flooded homes and businesses, ruptured storm sewers, and washed out or inundated streets and highways. Two flood related deaths were reported and property damage was estimated to be in excess of $30 million (by any calculation, one of the greatest weather related losses ever to occur in Minnesota)."
129° In The Middle East
3 PM (local time) temperatures Friday. Map: Aeris Weather.
Think it has been hot here recently? The thermometer hit 129 in at least two Middle East locations last Thursday and Friday. The Capital Weather Gang has more: "The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, surged Thursday to a blistering 129.2 degrees (54 Celsius). And on Friday in Basra, Iraq, the mercury soared to 129.0 degrees (53.9 Celsius). If confirmed, these incredible measurements would represent the two hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere, according to Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters and weather historian Christopher Burt, who broke the news."
Free Solar Energy Returns Today - 80s This Week
By Paul Douglas
Don't think the atmosphere and oceans are warming? Acknowledge the science - or don't. We may disagree on the severity of the problem, but I suspect we might agree on a solution.
We need more energy, want to pay less, with fewer unpleasant side effects and dependencies. The cost of solar is dropping faster than the price at the pump.
Citizens League is hosting a clean energy conference in Minneapolis on Monday, focused on conservative, economy-empowering solutions. "The pace of decarbonization is ultimately going to be driven by economics, not politics" said David Strom.
The swarm of severe, flooding thunderstorms, the sprawling "MCS system" that fouled up your Saturday plans, gives way to a drying northwest breeze today. The sun comes out with mid-80s and a dew point in the 60s. A salvageable Sunday!
The good news: the heat wave is history, at least looking out 2-3 weeks. No more sultry 90s, but instability T-showers may sprout each afternoon from Tuesday into next weekend.
With flooded basements and downed trees, many of us could use a break. It arrives today.
MONDAY: As good as it gets. Bright sunshine. High 85. Low 69. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: Sunny start, late T-storm risk. High 89. Low 70. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind S 8-13 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled, showers and T-storms. High 84. Low 68. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind SE 8-13 mph.
THURSDAY: Instability showers & storms linger. High 79. Low 67. Chance of precipitation 70%. Wind NE 7-12 mph.
FRIDAY: Peeks of sun, passing shower. High 80. Low 66. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: Ditto. AM sun, few PM T-storms. High 81. Low 65. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind E 5-10 mph.
This Day in Weather History
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 83F (Record: 104F set in 1941)
Average Low: 64F (Record: 49F set in 1891)
Average Precipitation: 0.14" (Record: 1.69" set in 2012)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 5:50 AM
Sunset: 8:48 PM
*Length Of Day: 14 hours, 57 minutes and 58 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~2 mins & 5 secs
*Next Sunrise That Is Before 6 AM: August 3rd (6:01 AM)
*Next Sunset That Is Before 8:30 PM: August 8th (8:29 PM)
4km NAM forecast clouds and precipitation for 1 PM Sunday. Map: Aeris Weather.
National Forecast Outlook