Todd's StarTribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
MONDAY: More clouds, T-storm late? Breezy. High: 76
MONDAY NIGHT: Isolated shower or storm. Low: 59
TUESDAY: Humid, more numerous T-storms. High: 75
WEDNESDAY: Front stalls, scattered storms. Low: 60. High: 76
THURSDAY: A bit drier, still warm. Low: 61. High: 79
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, late rain - few T-storms possible. Low: 61. High: 81
SATURDAY: Hazy sun, a few PM storms. Low: 64. High: 81
SUNDAY: Still warm and unsettled, chance of an isolated afternoon shower or storm. Low: 64. High: 82.
Photo Courtesy Rich Koivisto From Duluth, MN
Raging Wildfires in Arizona vaulted plumes of smoke high into the atmosphere last week as far north as the Great Lakes. Brilliant orange and reddish sunsets were seen near sunset here.Although the Arizona wildfires continue, the strong upper level winds have switched from southwest to more of a "Zonal Flow" - this is keeping the heaviest 'smoke' well south of us.
Unsettled Week of Weather
The strong upper level winds are coming in from more of a westerly direction, more "Zonal" which will keep our weather this week active. Storm systems will ride the upper level winds eastwards towards the Great Lakes Region. These systems will drag fronts through Minnesota and Wisconsin with scattered showers and storms popping up in the afternoon and evening hours.
Monday Rain Chance
Our first rain chance will slide in later Monday and stall out over the area through the middle part of the week.
Rain/Thunder Chances Continue Through Mid-Week
Keep in mind that none of the days this week look to be rain outs, but there will be areas of showers/T-storms that crop up in the day that could chase you indoors if you have any plans. Below is the forecast map for Wednesday as the front looks to stall overhead and keep things a little more unsettled than Tuesday.
5 Day Rain Forecast - Through Friday
The 5 day rain forecast from the HPC shows some spots across parts of the state getting up to 2" of rain through Friday. Convective activity has a unique way of concentrating all the moisture in the atmosphere in a condensed column that can produce heavy rain. If you happen to get under one or two of these convective showers this week, don't be surprised if you get up around that 2" mark in the rain bucket by the end of the week.
Convective Outlook For Monday - Severe Thunderstorm Risk
The severe risk for Monday looks more 'risky' well to our south.
Another Picture From Rich Koivisto - Neat shot here Rich! Looks like the antler velvet is coming in nicely up there in Duluth!
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Thursday was a step in the right direction and today and much of Saturday will be fairly nice with 70s and sunshine much of the time. A shower or T-shower is possible late Saturday, likely Sunday and Memorial Day. No all-day washouts, but have a Plan B, especially for Monday. Pretty typical for a holiday, all things considered.
Hurry up summer. We're still paying for that flash of 60s back in February, it seems. Temperatures will warm up in the coming days; not quite warm enough for a dip in the lake (unless you're exceptionally brave) but the weather should cooperate over the weekend, at least most of the time. There will be showery exceptions, and Monday won't win any awards. And yes, it can always be worse.
Hey, for what it's worth I'm just as disgusted/frustrated as everyone else. I'm looking forward to an extended streak of 80s and sunshine. It's coming. I think. Not this weekend, mind you. We'll have to be content with 70s Friday and Saturday with a ration of sunshine both days. Sunday may be showery but some clearing is likely Memorial Day with highs holding in the 60s. Not exactly lake-worthy, but we've seen worse.
Monday was salve for the soul - yes, we all needed that. Today will be partly-bleak with showery rains and temperatures stuck in the 50s, but don't despair. We warm up later in the week with a few days in the 70s. Not exactly strip-down-to-your-swimsuit weather, but mild enough for most outdoor plans, especially Friday and Saturday. A real warm front (80s) may show up within a couple of weeks. Summer can arrive anytime now...
Well that sure was fun. Fun as a 5-alarm fire, a salad of poison ivy - maybe a tick in your ice-cream sundae? Sorry for those visuals, but the people I bumped into this weekend were NOT AMUSED. But here's the thing. The weather just is. The sky above your head was set in motion by forces beyond our control - beyond our comprehension. We just get in the way...