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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Tuesday wasn't hard to take with blue sky and 60s, a dazzling preview of coming attractions. Our weather sours today as clouds thicken; a few showers possibly by tonight, but most of the action sails off to our south again. With tornadoes and hail buffeting the south and a possibly (significant) snowstorm brewing from Michigan to New England by late week I'm counting my weather blessings more than usual these days.
When the sun comes out and stays out most of the day actual temperatures tend to be warmer than model predictions. Once again today we should enjoy enough blue sky for highs near 60 F, well above average for late March. Speaking of sunshine the solution to climate change is shining down on us, a clean energy revolution now well underway. Today's blog focuses on one county where they're putting their money where their convictions are, a county that voted for Donald Trump, but very much believes in clean, renewable, American energy. Yesterday's talk in Lindstrom renewed by sense of optimism that we are going to figure this out, and clean air, water and land should absolutely be a bipartisan goal. Our kids deserve nothing less.
If you liked yesterday you'll love today and adore tomorrow. Our weekend weather was an acquired taste, but at least it didn't snow - or tornado. The pattern is ripe for more severe storm outbreaks over the southern half of the USA but big storms track south of Minnesota. Temperatures slowly mellow into next week; highs mostly in the 50s.
We stare out the window at a smear of stratus clouds Sunday, some thick enough to leak drizzle and light rain showers. Temperatures mellow later this week with a streak of 50s and relatively dry, quiet weather into next weekend as significant storms sail south of Minnesota. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It could be worse. It can always be worse. We're not being chased from our homes by a wall of flames. Wildfires are racing across Oklahoma and much of the southern Plains. No severe weather (it's too cool and stable overhead for anything wild anytime soon). And we're not dreading the 7-Day the way residents of Seattle area, where rain is a given, but the last few months have been excessively wet, even by soggy Seattle standards. Skies brighten today before drizzle and light showers return Sunday. The sun makes a cameo appearance next week with a shot at 60F by Tuesday. That would be nice.