Welcome to monsoon season: Sri Lanka (with lakes). June was hot and dry, more like a typical August. August has been stormy with ridiculous amounts of rain in some towns, more like a typical June. Mother Nature appears to be hopelessly confused.

A rerun of tropical air fuels severe storms over the Red River Valley today. The best chance of another spirited round of severe weather for central and southern Minnesota comes Friday, when much of the state will see a “slight risk” of hail and damaging winds. Expect more watches and warnings Friday, especially evening hours. Never a dull moment.

The good news? Weather systems are moving a smidgen faster than previously thought, meaning skies should clear out sooner Saturday, and Sunday looks utterly lovely, with blue sky, low humidity and highs near 80. Long-range guidance shows a streak of 70-degree days next week. Yes, please.

Meanwhile, we’re tracking what may become Josephine. And Phoenix has so far enjoyed a record 34 days above 110 degrees. “It’s a dry heat!” Right.