Severe Storm Reports From Thursday

Severe storms impacted parts of southwestern Minnesota Thursday evening. According to the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, three tornadoes touched down: an EF1 in Redwood County, as well as two EF0s - one in Brown County, and another in northern Watonwan County. There were several reports of large hail, with 1.75" diameter hail in Hazel Run and in St. James. St. James also reported a 78 mph wind gust as storms rolled through.

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Severe Storm Threat Saturday

We'll once again see the threat of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday, and a few of them could be on the strong side. A Marginal Risk of severe weather is in place across southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main threats.

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More Rain On The Way - Starting To Lose Daylight
By DJ Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas

If there is one thing I really do like about this time of year, it's that we are heading into strawberry season. Unfortunately, the season is starting off slow according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture due to cooler temperatures. However, farmers are still expecting a large crop as we head into the end of June and beginning of July.

Strawberries aren't the only crop a little behind this year. The statewide crop update issued Monday showed that 87% of the corn crop in Minnesota has emerged, two weeks behind schedule.

Shower and storm chances will continue on and off through Monday across the state with a few stronger storms across southern Minnesota possible today. Highs will stay in the 70s this weekend but pop into the 80s by the middle of next week.

In the bad news department: we're now past the Summer Solstice, which means we start to lose daylight each day. Today we lose a whole two seconds, but that accelerates to at least a minute each day by July 6th. Enjoy the long days while they last!

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Extended Twin Cities Forecast

SATURDAY: Dry start. Late day storms. Wake up 59.  High 74. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Periods of showers and t-storms. Wake up 64. High 77. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind SW 3-5 mph.
MONDAY: Scattered storms. Heaviest rain in WI. Wake up 62. High 79. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind W 3-8 mph.
TUESDAY: Feeling like summer. Sunny & warm. Wake up 63. High 85. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind W 3-8 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Mainly sunny day. Overnight storms. Wake up 65. High 86. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SW 3-8 mph.
THURSDAY: A few rumbles early, again late. Wake up 67. High 85. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind S 3-8 mph.
FRIDAY: Mix of sun/clouds. Evening storms? Wake up 66. High 86. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind SW 3-8 mph.

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This Day in Weather History
June 22nd

1988: Smoke fills the sky across much of Minnesota due to wild fires during the '88 drought.

1919: The 2nd deadliest tornado in Minnesota history hits Fergus Falls, killing 59 people. Like the #1 killer tornado for Minnesota (73 fatalities in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids on 4/14/1886), it struck on a weekend.

1917: Grand Meadow has an intense downpour, and 4.98 inches of rain on this date. Corn crops are badly damaged by the heavy rain/flooding.

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Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
June 22nd

Average High: 81F (Record: 98F set in 1911)
Average Low: 61F (Record: 42F set in 1960)
Average Precipitation: 0.14" (Record: 2.12" set in 1930)

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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
June 22nd

Sunrise: 5:26 AM
Sunset: 9:03 PM

*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 36 minutes and 46 seconds
*Daylight LOST Since Yesterday: ~2 seconds

*When Do We Drop Below 15.5 Hours Of Daylight? July 5th (15 hours, 29 minutes, and 33 seconds)
*Next Sunrise At/After 5:30 AM: July 1st (5:30 AM)
*Latest Sunset This Year: 9:03 PM from June 20th to July 2nd

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Minnesota Weather Outlook

More showers and storms will be possible across the state Saturday, particularly in the afternoon hours in the Twin Cities. Highs will be in the 60s across northern Minnesota, with 70s expected elsewhere.

Saturday will be another below average day across the state, with most locations 5-10F degrees below average. The average high in the Twin Cities Saturday is 81F.

While we will stay in the 70s for highs this weekend, we do see a warming trend, especially as we head into next week. By next Tuesday highs are expected to be in the mid-80s, and there are indications in some of the models that we could see a few 90F degree readings late next week or next weekend. Warm weather looks to continue into the first week of July.

Rain chances will continue through Monday in the Twin Cities, with the potential of 1-2" of rain during this time frame. We'll get a break in the rain Tuesday and most of Wednesday, but we will have to watch for late day or overnight storms toward the second half of next week.

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National Weather Forecast

On Saturday, we'll be tracking two areas of low pressure - one in southern Saskatchewan and another moving out across the central Plains. These lows - and their associated frontal boundaries - will bring showers and storms from the Rockies into the upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, and Southeast. Some storms in the Southern Plains are also likely, and a few of them could be severe. Some snow will fall in the northern and central Rockies.

Through Sunday evening, some of the heaviest rain will fall across the central United States, where 1-3" will be possible from Oklahoma into Iowa and into the Ohio Valley.

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More than 500 arrested after protests and clashes as India water crisis worsens

More from CNN: "Millions of people are running out of usable water in the southern Indian city of Chennai, which is experiencing major droughts and a rapidly worsening water crisis. At least 550 people were arrested Wednesday in the city of Coimbatore for protesting with empty water containers in front of the municipal government's headquarters, accusing officials of negligence and mismanagement. Meanwhile, four reservoirs that supply Chennai, the state capital and India's sixth largest city, have run nearly dry.

A Climate Bill Sets Off Tumult: Republicans Flee, Police Follow

More from the New York Times: "Tensions boiled over in the Oregon Capitol this week as Republican state senators vanished in an effort to delay a vote on a climate change bill they oppose. On Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, ordered the state police to find them and bring them back. It was only the latest chapter in a season of partisan division and frustration in the nation’s statehouses, where, for the first time in more than a century, all but one state legislature is dominated by a single party. In Oregon, where Democrats dominate both chambers, Republicans were unapologetic about their efforts to slow the state’s adoption of an emissions-reduction program by disappearing — and keeping the Democrats from having enough lawmakers present to call a vote.

US military is huge greenhouse gas emitter

More from Climate News Network: "British scientists have identified one of the world’s great emitters of greenhouse gases, a silent agency which buys as much fuel as Portugal or Peru and emits more carbon dioxide than all of Romania: the US military. Ironically, this agency is acutely aware that the climate emergency makes the world more dangerous, increasing the risk of conflict around the planet. And simply because it is conscious of this risk, it is ever more likely to burn ever-increasing levels of fossil fuels.

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 - D.J. Kayser

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