Heavy Southern Minnesota Rain
After a wet May across southern Minnesota, including the 20th wettest May on record for Rochester, some areas have once again been soaked by heavy rain the past couple days. Through 4 PM Saturday (at airport observation sites), New Ulm had picked up 4.67" of rain, with 3.00" falling nearby in St. James and 2.23" in Mankato. Meanwhile, a RAWS site south of Carver had picked up 4.44" of rain over the 48 hour period.
This heavy rain is leading to rising rivers across the region as well. The Cottonwood River at New Ulm is currently in action stage, but is expected to reach minor flood stage Sunday morning, cresting at around 11.6 ft into early next week.
Drier Day Sunday - Strong Storms Possible Monday
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas
June can be quite a stormy month across southern Minnesota. It is typically the second wettest month of the year with an average of 4.25” of rain falling at the MSP airport. However, we have seen up to 11.67” fall during the month back in 1874, which is the fourth all-time wettest month on record.
This month has its fair share of severe weather as well. In fact, next weekend marks the anniversary of both the largest and second largest tornado outbreaks in Minnesota history. The largest occurred on June 17, 2010, with a total of 48 tornadoes across the state. The second largest outbreak was back on June 16, 1992, with 27 tornadoes including an F5 tornado that struck Chandler.
While we saw scattered storms Saturday, today will be better with dry but fairly cloudy conditions. Monday will be hot and muggy ahead of a cold front which will spark off strong storms across central and southern Minnesota late in the day. Comfortable weather returns for the middle of the week before more unsettled weather is possible heading toward Father’s Day.
Extended Twin Cities Forecast
SUNDAY: A few peeks of sun. High 81. Low 66. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 5-15 mph.
MONDAY: Morning storms, followed by PM strong storms. Hot & muggy. High 86. Low 58. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind SE 10-20 mph.
TUESDAY: Sunny skies. Overnight storm possible. High 79. Low 58. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Another nice day. High 82. Low 61. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SW 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: Mainly sunny. Isolated PM storm. High 79. Low 62. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SW 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: Isolated storm chance. Mainly cloudy. High 81. Low 62. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: Mix of clouds & sun. Late night storm? High 82. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 5-15 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1926: An intense downpour falls on Mahoning. 3.05 inches fell in 45 minutes.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 77F (Record: 99F set in 1956)
Average Low: 57F (Record: 40F set in 1877)
Average Precipitation: 0.14" (Record: 1.77" set in 1874)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 5:26 AM
Sunset: 8:59 PM
*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 32 minutes and 38 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~48 seconds
*Earliest Sunrise: June 13th-17th (5:25 AM)
*Next Sunset Of 9:00 PM Or Later: June 12th (9:00 PM)
*Day With Most Daylight? June 21st (Daylight Length: 15:36:49)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
While there may be a lingering storm during the morning hours across southern Minnesota, Sunday is likely to features a lot of clouds across most of the state. The best chance of seeing mainly sunny skies is across northern Minnesota in the afternoon, but we should see a few peeks of sun across southern Minnesota as well. Highs will climb into the 70s and 80s across most of the state, with cooler temperatures along the North Shore.
If you're enjoying a day along the North Shore, temperatures will mainly be in the 60s due to a northeasterly breeze with a mix of clouds and sun.
These highs will be several degrees above average across most of the state Sunday, with the largest departure from average numbers expected across northwestern Minnesota.
There is a Marginal Risk of severe weather across parts of southwestern Minnesota on Sunday, mainly for the overnight time frame. Large hail and damaging winds appear to be the greatest threat.
More strong storms are possible across southern Minnesota Monday as a cold front moves across the state. While storms will likely be ongoing in the morning, storms that redevelop in the aftenoon that would be capable of large hail and damaging winds.
There is also a Slight Risk of excessive rainfall on Monday across parts of southern and central Minnesota. What this means is that there is the potential of enough rainfall that would cause flash flooding.
Highs will remain around 80 for the most part this upcoming week, with Monday being the exception as highs will have the potential to climb into the mid/upper 80s. There is the potential of slightly warmer weather in the models as we head toward Father's Day as well.
We will have the potential of some heavy rain on Monday as the cold front moves through the region. After that, while there may be a few isolated shower/storm chances (mainly at night) through the middle of the week the next best chance of seeing heavy rain will come as we head toward the Father's Day weekend.
National Weather Forecast
Sunday will feature the same quasi-stationary boundary we've been tracking still sitting from the upper Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic, with showers and storms possible. A stronger cold front moving east will bring showers and storms to the Northern Plains, and even some higher elevations snow behind it in the Cascades and Northern Rockies. The heating of the day will allow showers and storms to pop across parts of the Deep South and Southeast. 90s will be possible Sunday as far north as the North Dakota/Canadian border, with 100s possible as far north as parts of Nebraska.
5th U.S. Lightning Death Of 2018: Man Dies After Being Injured by Lightning Friday in Maumelle
More from Fox 16: "A man has died after being injured in a lightning strike Friday afternoon. Family confirms 27-year-old Tyler Grisham died around 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning. He had been hospitalized after the lightning strike in Maumelle around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Grisham was working in a yard on Coronado Cove when the lightning struck."
Large Hail Pummeled The Dallas Metroplex Earlier This Week
More from Praedictix: "Storms impacted the Dallas metro Tuesday Night bringing large hail up to the size of baseballs and teacups. Radar shows the strong storm responsible for the large hail over parts of the Dallas Metroplex around 1:40 AM June 6, 2018. Due to this hail, there were numerous reports of damage to vehicles and buildings, and according to ABC-13 in Dallas, “One person says every single car in an apartment complex in Carrollton had its windows blown out.”"
Salem drinking water crisis: Oregon’s dry spring may have fueled toxic algae spread
More from the Stateman Journal: "One of the hottest and driest months of May on record may have contributed to the growth and spread of the toxic algae bloom wreaking havoc in Salem’s drinking water. The algae bloom was originally spotted in Detroit Lake on May 8 and reached highly toxic levels around May 21, according to officials. The record heat and dry conditions apparently kept the bloom strong, allowing the toxins to spread from the reservoir, into the North Santiam River and finally into Salem's drinking water for the first time at dangerous levels. Salem issued its second do-not-drink alert Wednesday for vulnerable populations following the discovery, for the second week in a row, of high levels of cyanotoxins in the drinking water. "
In desert trials, next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air
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China’s Dramatic Solar Shift Could Take Sting Out of Trump's Panel Tariffs
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Humans put conservation reserves at risk
More from Climate News Network: "Many of the world’s conservation reserves, intended to safeguard species at risk of survival, are increasingly unable to provide effective refuge. At least one third of all the forests, grasslands, wetlands and mangroves notionally protected by laws to safeguard the wild things that evolved with them are under intense human pressure, according to the first detailed study for 25 years. Major road systems criss-cross African wildlife reserves, cities have grown up in national park areas, and farmland and buildings blight landscapes supposedly reserved for endemic species at hazard from extinction. Altogether 6 million square kilometres (2.3m square miles) of protected land, researchers say, are “under intense human pressure.”"
- D.J. Kayser