By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas:
When it comes to summertime rain, it can be feast or famine. Radar estimates across the state suggest that some spots have had 2 to 4 inches of thundery downpours this month while others haven't had a drop. The Twin Cities are nearly 1.5 inches below normal rainfall this month but still more than half an inch above normal for the year.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 6 percent of northwestern Minnesota is dealing with moderate drought conditions, but extreme drought has developed for our neighbors in North Dakota and South Dakota. Intense heat combined with dry weather has baked the region for weeks. Farmers are having a hard time right now as hay production has been cut severely, and it only looks to get worse.
Hot and soupy weather returns for us Saturday with spotty late-day rumbles. A few storms could get a little aggressive along and east of the Wisconsin border. A front clears us out Sunday, allowing cooler and less humid air to return. Look for a beautiful summer day!