Relief from Heat and Storms Arrives Today

Wednesday was the definition of volatile between the heat and waves of strong to severe storms. Winds turn around to the north today, allowing a fresh transfusion of cooler, less humid air to flow southward out of Canada - treating us to a string of 80s. Yes, 80s - the new definition of a "cooler front". I'm happy to see August starting off on a more comfortable note.

The Tokyo Olympics Are Heating Up Too

July 26
Excessive Heat Concerns are in place on Tuesday and Wednesday with Feels Like Temps approaching 105F in some spots.

Hot Weather Continues With Severe Storm Chances

July 26
Hot weather continues to impact the region, with highs in the 90s through the middle of the week and heat index values approaching 100F Tuesday and Wednesday. We will also watch the potential for strong to severe storms in the afternoon to overnight hours the next few days as well. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 24

We May Need Bigger Climate Models

The approach of another heat dome sparks random T-storms into Thursday, with drying skies for the weekend. I see 90s into Thursday, then slight relief by the end of the week. 2021: the summer upper 80s became "slight relief". Hotter and drier weather should spill into August; no big break in this steamy pattern is imminent. Hoping for big blobs on Doppler. Check the blogs for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 23

Timing Weather Not For Faint of Heart

Residual morning T-storms give way to clearing this afternoon with hot sunshine Sunday. Minnesota will be on the edge of blast furnace heat, sparking a few T-storms late Tuesday, again Wednesday. Happy for whatever rain we can eek out. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 22

Heat Advisory - Back To The 90s - More Nevada Than Minnesota Into Next Week

We are heating up again - probably not record territory but a good 5-15F above average for an extended period of time, possibly into late next week before some minor relief. Normally a north breeze behind a weak cool front brings a drop in humidity and better visibility. This summer, with fires blazing across Canada, any cool fronts may push more wildfire smoke into Minnesota. What a strange summer...
Paul Douglas
July 20
Air Quality Alert - Hot And Hazy Weather Continues

Air Quality Alert - Hot And Hazy Weather Continues

An Air Quality Alert has been issued through 6 AM Thursday for a good portion of the state due to wildfire smoke reaching the surface. I feel like a broken record, as hot and hazy conditions will continue over the next several days. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 18
Hot & Mainly Dry Week For The Twin Cities

Hot & Mainly Dry Week For The Twin Cities

Only one word can describe the weather this week, and it's a word we've used a lot this summer: hot! Highs will be in the 90s each day of the work week, with only a slight rain chance Wednesday night. A (hopefully better) chance of rain then moves in Friday night and early Saturday. - D.J. Kayser
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July 17

Can Climate Models Handle Current Extremes?

Waves of heat will break off from the latest blob of smoldering air over the Rockies and western US, treating us to a streak of low 90s this week. Thunder may rumble Tuesday, again Saturday, but no widespread relief from drought is likely anytime soon. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 16
Warm, Hazy Weekend Weather

Warm, Hazy Weekend Weather

Hot sunshine is going to be the story the next several days, with highs in the 80s this weekend and 90s next week in the Twin Cities. Smoky, hazy skies will also continue through the weekend, with an Air Quality Alert in northern Minnesota through noon Saturday. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 15
Warm, Hazy Conditions Continue As The Drought Continues To Worsen

Warm, Hazy Conditions Continue As The Drought Continues To Worsen

Another very dry stretch of weather is head the next several days, which certainly won't help the drought situation from deteriorating even more. Sunny and hazy skies are expected Friday, with highs in the 90s next week. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 14
Sunny Thursday - Air Quality Alert In Northern Minnesota

Sunny Thursday - Air Quality Alert In Northern Minnesota

Sunny skies return on Thursday to the region, with hazy skies in northern Minnesota due to wildfire smoke with an Air Quality Alert in place. Temperatures slowly climb the next few days and we should be back up around 90F for highs by Sunday. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 13

A Stormy Wednesday With More 90s Next Week

When in a drought don't forecast rain, but that's precisely what I'm doing: heavy showers and T-storms drop 1-3 inches of rain on lawns and fields today; the best chance of severe storms (hail and damaging winds) later today from the southern MSP suburbs to the Iowa border. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 12

Heating up again with possible thunderstorm late

Severe Threat Tuesday & WednesdayAccording to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, there is a Marginal Severe Risk for Tuesday for the potential of isolated strong to…
Paul Douglas
July 11

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - And Skies

The best chance of showers and T-storms this week comes Wednesday, followed by a sunny weekend. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 10

Sunny Sunday Ahead. Above Average Temps Return

Mild sunshine returns today, but thanks to a number of wildfires burning in Canada, the sky will appear a bit hazy. Monday and much of the day Tuesday will remain dry with our next best chance of puddles arriving late Tuesday into Wednesday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 9

Soggier Saturday in Southern MN. Sunnier Sunday

Weather conditions will be somewhat soggy across southern parts of the state this weekend, but the bulk of the rains will fall across Iowa with some 2-4 inch tallies possible. Northern MN will stay dry and sunny with warmer temps lingering into next week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 8
Drought Worsens - Showers For Southern Minnesota Friday

Drought Worsens - Showers For Southern Minnesota Friday

Southern Minnesota will see some showers move through on Friday, with most of the rain falling south of the metro. After that, we should be fairly dry statewide through the weekend and early next week. The recent cool weather won't stick around with highs back up around 90F by the middle of next week. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 7

Slow Warming Trend Into Next Week - Still Trending Drier Than Normal

Tuesday's rains were heaviest north and south of the Twin Cities. A few spots in the Brainerd Lakes area picked up over an inch of rain, and it was the same story for many farms over far southern Minnesota with that line of strong T-storms that formed during the afternoon. The rain put a dent in the drought, but meteorologists will be using the D-word into late summer at the rate we're going.
Paul Douglas
July 5

Nothing Better Than Weather Trash-Talking

Showers and T-storms squeeze out half an inch of rain in the metro today with some 1-inch amounts over central Minnesota. Let it rain. No more 90s. 70s and low 80s will feel refreshing this week. Friday showers give way to a weekend of slow clearing. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
July 4
Hot Monday Ahead Followed By Much Needed Rain Tuesday

Hot Monday Ahead Followed By Much Needed Rain Tuesday

A hot Independence Day gives way to another hot day for the federal holiday on Monday with highs once again popping into the mid-90s under sunny skies in the Twin Cities. The good news is that a soaking rain looks possible as we head into Tuesday with cooler temperatures rushing in. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 3
Hot Like A Firework For The Fourth With A Few Storms Possible

Hot Like A Firework For The Fourth With A Few Storms Possible

Happy Independence Day! Highs climb into the 80s and 90s across the state Sunday, with only the seventh 95F+ high in Fourth of July Twin Cities history possible. While most of the day will be dry and sunny, a few storms will be possible by the evening hours. Click for details. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
July 2
Hot Independence Day Weekend Ahead

Hot Independence Day Weekend Ahead

The heat returns in time for Independence Day weekend, with highs in the 90s. We'll see a lot of sun Saturday, but the potential of showers and storms does exist Sunday - particularly into northern Minnesota. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
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