June 2021 Tornado Drought. Warm & Dry Continues

Warm, dry and sunny weather will continue through midweek before rain and thunder chances return late Wednesday into Thursday. Despite a few heavier pockets of rain, it won't be the soaking we need, especially in southern Minnesota where there hasn't been a drop of rain yet this month. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

Drought conditions are rapidly expanding across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

June 12
Drought conditions are rapidly expanding across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any appreciative rainfall potential anytime soon. The next best chance of thundery downpours won't arrive until late Thursday. In the meantime, hot and dry sunshine will fill the void. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson

Sunny, Warm & Less Humid This Weekend

June 11
I am happy to report that humidity values will be much lower today, but hot sun returns tomorrow with highs back in the 90s! Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
June 15

Great News! Soggy Father's Day Shaping Up

After the hottest start to June on record I'm happy to announce a string of 70-degree highs next week. We should end the month on a more tolerable note. Showers and T-storms flare up late tonight and Thursday, mainly southern Minnesota. A sunny Saturday gives way to big puddles for Dad on Father's Day. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
June 14

Western Megadrought. Warm & Dry Continues Today

Closer to home, the hottest start to any June on record continues over the next few days with temps running well above average. Many folks in southern Minnesota have not seen a drop of rain since late May. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
June 10

80s are the New "Cool Front" - Few Thunderstorms Expected Today

It may just be a fever-dream hallucination, but my brain keeps skipping back to the heat wave and drought of 1988: 44 days above 90F in the Twin Cities that summer. It was brutal, a nationwide heat wave that crippled agriculture. Odds are it won't be nearly that bad, but the longer the heat drags on the more I'm pretty convinced that summer heat (and growing drought) will continue to be big story going forward. No sign of a change in the pattern anytime soon...
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June 9

UPDATED - Excessive Heat Warning For Twin Cities Metro Today

The latest wave of heat peaks today with upper 90s, even 100 degrees over western Minnesota. Unlike last week, dew points are high, making for a heat index above 100F later today. An Excessive Heat Warning may be issued by NOAA. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
June 8

On Track For 9 Consecutive Days of 90s - That Hasn't Happened in 15 Years

How many ways can you say hot and sticky? Part of me is continually amazed it can even get this hot, especially after polar outbreaks like we had just 4 months ago. Our late spring heat wave spills into Friday, when we may actually witness a few cooling showers and T-storms. Not the rain we need to erase a deficit, but at this point any rain will help.
Paul Douglas
June 6
Heat Wave Continues Into The Work Week

Heat Wave Continues Into The Work Week

Not much change in the forecast the next several days, with fairly sunny skies and highs in the low 90s through at least Thursday. A 90F+ high each day through Thursday would tie for the 15th longest stretch of such weather on record for MSP. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
June 5
Record High Of 99F At MSP Saturday - Longer Duration Heat Wave Continues Sunday Into The Work Week

Record High Of 99F At MSP Saturday - Longer Duration Heat Wave Continues Sunday Into The Work Week

Another day, another broken record Saturday in the Twin Cities as the mercury reached 99F at MSP. While we aren't anticipating record temperatures on Sunday, another hot day is ahead with highs in the low 90s. In fact, highs in the 90s will continue through mid-week. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
June 4
Record High Of 97F At MSP Friday - Another Record-Breaking Day Expected Saturday

Record High Of 97F At MSP Friday - Another Record-Breaking Day Expected Saturday

After numerous records set across the state Friday, the record-breaking heat will continue into the weekend Saturday highs in the mid-90s expected in the Twin Cities. Temperatures will slightly cool Sunday into early next week, but they'll still be in the low 90s. Click for more on the heat! - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
June 3

Paul Douglas: Mid to upper 90s will set new heat records

Hot enough for 'ya? The polite answer from later today into at least Sunday is "yes, thank you very much". An antiperspirant-testing airmass of western origin will overspread the state and temperatures will soar as much as 20 degrees above average through the weekend, with some upper 90s, even 100 degrees possible over central and western Minnesota, where the air will be drier, heating up faster. Don't forget the sunscreen.
Paul Douglas
May 30
Quiet Weather For Memorial Day - Highs Near 90F Late This Week

Quiet Weather For Memorial Day - Highs Near 90F Late This Week

It'll be a quiet and fairly sunny Memorial Day in the Twin Cities, with highs right around average for the last day of May. We will see a warming trend this week - as we head toward Friday and the weekend highs will be up around 90F. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
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May 29

Have a Plan B Today - Hot Front Next Weekend

Sunday will be the coolest, cloudiest day of the holiday with a few hours of showers, especially this morning. A northwest breeze kicks in on Memorial Day with more sunshine and 70s, but watch for a late-day instability thunderstorm. A sweaty ridge of high pressure pumps hot air into Minnesota later this week with 90 degrees next weekend.
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May 28

Slow Warming Trend With Puddle Potential

Today should tickle your weather taste buds with sunshine and 60s. A few spotty showers pop tonight and Sunday, although most of the time will be dry. An instability T-storm may bubble up late Monday but highs reach the 70s Memorial Day. Models predict a warming trend next week with 80s by late week; maybe 90F by next weekend. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 28

Getting Better Out There - Nagging Holiday Weekend Thunder Threat

Well that was fun, a multi-million dollar rainfall for much of the state, helping to erase a statewide rainfall deficit. Skies dry out and brighten today with decent holiday weekend weather in store, save for a few late day T-showers Sunday and Monday. By next week you should be able to work up a minor sweat again.
Paul Douglas
May 23

Surprising Statistics About Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms will congregate outside your window again today, dumping a valuable cargo of rain. Skies clear Tuesday with a cooling trend later this week. Expect 60s with rain Thursday, but fate may be smiling on our Memorial Day weekend outlook. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 22
Not As Hot Sunday With Some Afternoon Strong Storms Possible

Not As Hot Sunday With Some Afternoon Strong Storms Possible

A nearby frontal boundary Sunday will help bring in some cooler temperatures (70s for highs) as well as the potential for some strong to severe storms with large hail and damaging winds the main threats. Highs will climb back into the 80s for the beginning of the work week. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
May 21
First 90F Of 2021 Possible Saturday

First 90F Of 2021 Possible Saturday

While we will see fairly cloudy skies on Saturday, we could see our first 90F of the year - several days before the average first 90F degree day over the past 30 years. Sunday will bring rain chances and cooler temperatures back to the metro. Click for more. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
May 20

Heating Up: A Taste of July This Weekend

Some like it hot. Many do not, by the way. I don't mind the heat, but that's easy to say when you can dash into an air conditioned home or go jump in a lake. Nagging storms give way to a hot front with a growing chance of 90 degrees in the shade by Saturday afternoon. I'm still leaning toward a hotter/drier summer overall - we get a taste of what's to come this weekend.
Paul Douglas
May 16
Back To The 80s (For Highs) Monday - Rain Chances Increase Tuesday Onward

Back To The 80s (For Highs) Monday - Rain Chances Increase Tuesday Onward

Another brilliant day of weather is expected across the state Monday, with a high around 80F and sunshine in the Twin Cities. Rain chances will increase Tuesday through the end of the week, but we could use the rain - we saw the fourth driest first half of May on record at MSP. - D.J. Kayser
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May 15

Sensing a Hot Minnesota Summer This Year

Expect a dry sky Sunday and Monday, followed by a firehose of heavy showers and T-storms Tuesday into Thursday with some 1-3 inch rainfall amounts possible. Drought insurance. Temperatures approach 80F every day this week with mid-80s possible next weekend. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
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May 14

Drying Out And Warming Up

Isolated showers and thunderstorms linger today, especially St. Croix River Valley and western Wisconsin. There should be enough spurts and squirts of sunshine for low 70s, with a light walleye chop, falling barometer and hungry fish. Sunday looks sunnier and warmer with a few days above 80F next week, and potentially July-like warmth the weekend of May22-23. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
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