Auroras and Tropical Systems
WOW! This is neat!! @UWCIMSS always comes up with amazing images, they are a great follow and like on social media as well! In the image below, you can see aurora (northern lights) over Canada along with Tropical Depression #2 SE of the Carolina Coast. Note that major city lights can also be seen across the Lower 48 from Friday night. So neat!
Tropical Depression Bonnie: Radar Earlier Saturday During Tropical Storm Status
The radar loop below from PM Saturday showed bands of heavy rainfall pushing into South Carolina when Tropical Depression Bonnie was at Tropical Storm Strength. Gusty squalls will continue to bring strong winds and heavy pockets of rain to areas along the Coast as the weekend continues. The other big concern will be a strong rip current potential.
The IR satellite from PM Saturday when Bonnie was at Tropical Storm strength. The satellite loop showed a fairly large blob of intense clouds nearing the SE Coast. This blob of moisture brought areas of heavy rainfall, gusty winds and RIP currents along the coast through during the first part of the holiday weekend.
Here is the projected path for Bonnie through the end of next week. Note that after strengthening to Tropical Storm status and weakening to a Tropical Depression, it may once again become a Tropical Storm as it moves inland over South Carolina. The storm then appears to move back into the Atlantic where it hugs the Mid-Atlantic Coast through most of next week. Interestingly, the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st.
Getting Better - Even Nicer Memorial Day
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas
Our somewhat soggy Saturday was a perfect day for lounging, wasn't it? I feel tired from being tired. However, being on the go so often, I don't feel guilty one bit! I hope you were able to catch up on a little R and R yourself.
Hey, on the bright side, 'most' lawns and gardens are happier now. Some of us won't have to water for a few days and I am all about a free lawn watering.
The heaviest, steadiest rains from Saturday, push east today. Wrap around clouds and a few stray PM T-showers can't be ruled out this afternoon, but it won't be a washout. Tomorrow looks even nicer with more sun and warmer temps. In fact, Memorial Day looks like the nicest day of the holiday weekend. Enjoy!
Meanwhile, the second tropical system of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season and will impact folks in the Carolinas through early next week with squally rain and high rip current potential through early next week. Interestingly, the NHC is suggesting an above average year in the Atlantic basin due to a developing La Nina in the Pacific. Stay tuned.
SUNDAY: Sun and cloud mix. Stray afternoon T-storm possible. High: 79. Wind: W 8-13 mph.
MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY: Mild sun. Spotty PM thunder west. High: 80. Wind: SW 5mph.
MONDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds. Showers and storms develop. Low: 61. Winds: ESE 5mph
TUESDAY: Scattered PM storms with locally heavy rain. Sticky. High: 77. Winds: SSE 10-15mph.
WEDNESDAY: Breezy. Stray PM rumble. Wake-up: 59. High: 72. Winds: WSW 10-15mph
THURSDAY: More sun, refreshing breeze. Wake-up: 53. High: 71. Winds: NNW 7-12mph.
FRIDAY: Bright sun. Thunder arrives overnight. Wake-up: 54. High: 74. Winds: WSW 5mph.
SATURDAY: Warmer. Afternoon T-shower. Wake-up: 58. High: 75. Winds: SW 5mph.
This Day in Weather History
1949: An intense downpour dumps over 7 inches of rain at Thief River Falls.
1947: Extremely late season snow falls in southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and southern Wisconsin. Worthington, MN picks up an inch, while some places in southern Wisconsin receive up to 6 inches.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 73F (Record: 94F set in 2006)
Average Low: 53F (Record: 33F set in 1963)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~1min & 33secs
*Daylight Gain Since Winter Solstice: ~6hour & 35mins
*Length of Day: 15hours & 19mins
Moon Phase for May 29th at Midnight
0.8 Days After Last Quarter
The extended outlook through the first few days of June suggests warmer than average temperatures continuing through the end of May. However, note the slight cool down as we get into the first part of June with highs dipping into the 60s. The good news is that overnight lows don't look to dip to far, so the threat for frost or freeze doesn't look imminent at this point.
6 to 10 Day Temp Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, the 6 to 10 day temperature outlook suggests a decent chance of below average temperatures returning to parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes Region from June 2nd to June 6th. Although temperatures may dip a bit, it doesn't look to be unbearable.
Sunday Weather Outlook
Sunday weather looks a little nicer across the region. It appears that we'll have a little more sunshine and it won't be quite as soggy. With that said, temperatures will still be fairly close to average with readings warming into the 70s across the state, but a few 80s may also be possible across southern MN. Dewpoints will be in the 50s, so it won't be too muggy.
What the What?
Here's an interesting way to give a weather report...
"Anyone tuning in to BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning may have caught weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker delivering a highly irregular weather summary. Forecasting a day of “scrumdiddlyumtious sunshine,” the seasoned meteorologist warned Britain could be in for occasional “uckyslush showers” and potential “jumpsquiffling thunder.”
Thanks for checking in and have a good rest of your holiday weekend! Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @TNelsonWX