Severe Storm Watch. SPC has issued a watch for most of central and east central Minnesota and a big chunk of western Wisconsin until 6 am. There's a good chance the cells over western and central MN will congeal into an MCS, a swirl of strong to severe storms capable of torrential rains, 50-60 mph gusts and frequent lightning overnight. I could see some minor flooding as the storms sweep thru, probably making for a slower Friday morning commute.
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Yesterday was a strange day; dark, wet and smoky - like the sky couldn't quite make up its mind what to do next. Expect more sun today, muffled by more smoke from hundreds of fires blazing upwind, from Saskatchewan to Alaska. We get a break from the record rains - dry weather may spill over into Friday, but at the rate we're going it may be a long, smoky summer.
Through 8AM, the Minneapolis airport tallied 2.70" of rain today alone making it the wettest day of 2015 so far. We have also set a new daily rainfall record beating the previous 2.32" set in 1883. Slow PM clearing is expected with cooler, drier and less muggy conditions by Tuesday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
The good news is that skies should appear a little more clear Sunday as upper level winds have become more westerly. Winds at the surface will favor a more southerly direction, which will keep the warm and muggy air streaming northward ahead of a storm system that will plow through Sunday night with scattered storms and heavy rain. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It'll be a warm weekend, but it gets a little more humid on Sunday as a storm system approaches from Canada. Much of the region will start the day dry on Sunday, but the holiday weekend could conclude with some heavy downpours and strong thunderstorms, especially overnight. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Every now and then, whether you deserve it or not, you get a break. The planets temporarily align and things work out for the best. Your worst weather-fears are NOT realized. It's especially remarkable when this happy confluence of events happens on what is arguably the biggest outdoor holiday weekend of the entire year. Considering we could be knee-deep in flood waters and hailstones, or gasping for air as highs push into 90s, or dodging swarms of tornadoes, I consider myself very lucky to be able to report good weather news. On the 4th of July? Time to run out and buy a Lotto ticket....