Good Chance of Seeing Total Lunar Eclipse Early Tuesday
April 14, 2014 — 12:37pm
A Celestial Event. The total lunar eclipse should be visible across Minnesota and Wisconsin as skies clear. I can't promise crystal-clear skies, but odds are in our favor that we will be able to witness some or all of the eclipse, which starts close to 1 AM Tuesday, peaks around 2:46 AM, and ends about 4:30 AM. Convenient times, but maybe during a bathroom break? Graphic above: mreclipse.com.
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It turned into a very nice Friday, and chances are today will rub you in the right way. Make the most of your Saturday sky (blue and dry) because Sunday may leave something to be desired. Showers and T-storms are possible anytime/anywhere from Sunday into Tuesday of next week. Just what farmers in southern Minnesota didn't want to hear. And then we dry out and heat up late next week - betting on more 90s one week from today.
The big weather story is the 1-2 month's worth of rain that soaked much of southern Minnesota Wednesday into Thursday - as much as 7"+ near Luverne. We dry out, statewide, today, with fine weather spilling into much of the weekend as daytime highs reach the low to mid 80s; fairly close to average for late June. Enjoy the reasonable (?) dew points and seasonable warmth, because I have a growing hunch sizzling heat will return as early as next weekend and linger into much of 4th of July week. We may be talking - stinking hot.
Every now and then the weather gets into a groove (more like a rut). I swear it's happening with greater regularity, but there's not enough science to back that claim up - yet. Southern Minnesota has seen too much rain in recent week; crops are flooding and many farmers can't get into their fields. While a dry bias lingers over parts of central Minnesota. And just south of Duluth another potential 1 in 500 year flood was reported earlier this week. Go figure...
It's nice to be getting rain without the lightning, hail and damaging winds for a change - a bit unusual for June. A showery holding pattern lingers today and Thursday, but the sun should become more noticeable again by Friday and the weekend as temperatures mellow. Expect relatively comfortable temperatures into early next week, but there are some signs of 90-degree heat as early as the end of next week. And NOAA has just issued an El Nino Watch for the upcoming winter. Let's not chat too much about the winter, if that's OK with you. Give it a few months...please.
Well, at least the weather wasn't a distraction yesterday - easier to focus on work, school or errands, I guess. Showers were light and the cooling breeze was a relief, but historic flooding continues from Pine County, Minnesota into Douglas County Wisconsin; the result of 2 month's worth of rain over the weekend. Some 6-10" amounts from this training T-storm complex reminds me of Duluth in June, 2012, when 10" amounts were reported nearby. That turned out to be a 500-year flood, and what just took place in northwest Wisconsin may turn out to be comparable.