Thunderwear Alert. No watches or warnings (yet), but the atmosphere overhead is just unstable enough for storms capable of hail and even some strong (60 mph+) wind gusts from mid-afternoon into the evening hours. The slow movement of some of these cells may squeeze out significant rain as well, maybe some 1-3" amounts - I could see some urban and small stream flooding into the late evening hours. NWS Doppler radar at 2:32 pm.
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It may be a few degrees too cool for the lake, but the sun will be out most of the weekend with a welcome dip in humidity levels. Showers and storms return next week as a warm front edges closer to Minnesota. No debilitating heat in sight for us just yet, although long-range models hint at a heat wave brewing for much of the central and southern USA within a week or two. The big news: the drought is fading fast...
A sloppy cool front limps across the state today, squeezing out a few hours of showers and possible thunder - nothing severe is expected. Saturday may look and feel like something out of late September or early October with low humidity, bright sun, a cool breeze and unlimited visibility. Clouds increase Sunday PM but I still think we'll salvage a pretty good day. The stickies return next week, nothing oppressive yet, just a taste of what's probably coming later in June and July. I'm amazed by how fast the drought is fizzling. The trends are encouraging...
After a nagging drought it's good to be getting rain again - have you noticed how green it is out there? Better than yellow, or mud-brown, which is what much of Texas is waking up to as flood waters begin to recede. Today's blog includes a few stories about a possible climate connection, and El Nino may be a factor as well, helping to energize the southern branch of the jet stream. Enjoy 80s today; a surge of Canadian air cools us off over the weekend but long-range guidance is hinting at real heat within 2-3 weeks. We're probably due.
Never a dull moment in the weather department, and with a moderate drought it's hard to get too indignant about a soaking rain, especially on a Tuesday. The drought is fizzling as tropical moisture finally reaches Minnesota, a trend which should spill over into much of June. After a raw day yesterday you'll get a chance to whine about the heat and humidity today and tomorrow as the mercury surges past 80F and dew points push into the 60s. Instant summer.
Well, the sun did come out by late afternoon and evening, allowing us to salvage a little of our Memorial Day, especially central and southern Minnesota. Up North it was a total wash-out, but then again the weather Up North was pretty fine Friday and Saturday. We dry out today, a few 80s by Wednesday and Thursday before we dry out and cool down for the weekend. It could be worse - you could be looking for higher ground in Austin, Texas.