Fizzling Showers. NWS Doppler at 2:52 PM shows a rapidly weakening band of showers pushing across the metro area, a possible T-storm north of Cambridge, but not nearly as impressive (overall) as it was this morning. A couple hours of showers and sprinkles are possible, but you may be able to salvage late afternoon and evening plans under a mostly-gray sky.
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The rains pretty much avoided the metro yesterday; just a trace of rain at MSP International. Today will be sunny and lukewarm; downright hot weather returns next week with a streak of days in the 85-90F range. Meanwhile we're still keeping an eye on "Erika", which promises to deliver a memorable dousing to Florida early next week.
There's something for everyone in today's forecast: a potential hurricane for Florida and the southeastern USA, early September sweat, some rain (today) and a helpful State Fair Bingo guide. That, and cookies. Sweet Martha cookies...still warm and gooey.
Brushfires are still burning out of control in Washington State and much of the Pacific Northwest; smoke from those fires drifted over Minnesota yesterday, taking the edge off our blue sky. Meanwhile we're watching "Erika" in the Caribbean, which could threaten Florida and the coastal southeast USA by early next week. It puts our soggy Friday into perspective. The sun comes out this week with a shot at 90F next week. No, summer isn't nearly done with us just yet...
Today will be as good as it gets - ever. Less wind, brilliant sun, low humidity, endless visibility. Palm Springs with lakes. Soak it up, because the weather slowly sours tomorrow (although I think it will stay mostly-dry for Day 1 of the State Fair). Friday may be messy with potentially heavy rain. Skies clear in time for a nice weekend as temperatures mellow. Expect a few 90s in early September. Summer isn't nearly done with us just yet...
A fresh, Canadian breeze lingers into Thursday as the Minnesota State Fair kicks off; highs in the 70s. No sweat-on-a-stick. A stray thundershower may sprout on Friday, but the weekend looks warm and dry; very lake-worthy with highs topping 80F. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson