Stunning Saturday - Summer Warmth and Humidity Arrives Next Week

Mother Nature is always compensating. Is next week's run of 80s payback for a chilly April? I don't pretend to know, other than to admit that Minnesota weather is rarely "normal". We just swing from one extreme to the next. Today will be extraordinary but showers and rumbles of thunder on Sunday herald the arrival of warmer air which will get us all thinking of summer next week.

Potential for 1" of Rain This Weekend - Minnesota's Drought Has Faded

April 28
After a damp start skies may brighten up a bit during the day on Friday with temperatures in the low 60s. An average day in late April! Imagine that. Significant rains arrive Friday night into Sunday as a sloppy, moisture-laden storm tracks right over Minnesota. We dry out next week with 50s mellowing into 60s by the end of the week. Spring is coming, however reluctantly.

Flashes of Warmth Amid Jacket Weather

April 23
Big surprise: cooler winds return today with a few rain showers north of I-94 by afternoon. Not nearly as dramatic as the 2 feet of snow that just clocked far western North Dakota. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 27

The Agricultural Benefits of Lightning

I see enough sticky sunshine for 80s Sunday and Memorial Day, definitely beach and lake-worthy. How wet? Models print out 1-3" rains for central and northern Minnesota by Tuesday. Check the blogs for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 26

Perfect Friday - Warming Up Over The Holiday Weekend With A Few Swarms of T-storms

After a picture-postcard-perfect Friday a sloppy warm front will provide a ripe environment for a few waves of showers and T-storms over the holiday weekend. Although most of the time will be dry, when it does rain it could come down in a hurry - possibly a few severe storms sprouting by late Sunday and late Monday. At least it'll be beach and lake-worthy by Sunday afternoon and much of Monday with highs well in the 80s.
Paul Douglas
May 23

A lukewarm, thundery Memorial Day weekend

In the meantime, clouds increase today with a soaking rain Wednesday, followed by drier skies Thursday and a perfect Friday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 22

Some painful lessons about May sunburn

The only chance of widespread rain comes Wednesday, from a storm tracking toward Chicago. Have a Plan B for midweek, but things still look fairly promising for the holiday weekend with 70s - if the sun stays out for a few hours Saturday and Sunday temperatures may surge past 80F. Check the the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 21

Acceptable Hail Etiquette on Area Highways?

Expect more sunshine and a whiff of early October in the air - today is as cool as it's going to be anytime soon. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 20

Annoyingly Cool But It Could Be Worse

A cool weekend gives way to a gradually warming trend next week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 19

Weekend Weather: More April Than May - Warming Up for Memorial Day Holiday

What a spastic spring. I know the weather can change quickly at this latitude but good grief. Yesterday's hail-producing storms are long gone. A drying westerly wind pokes a few sunny holes in our sky today, but the weekend with bring 50s and scrappy clouds. Perfectly normal for April (or early October). This too shall pass with 60s next week and a potentially well-timed warm front for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. We can only hope...
Paul Douglas
May 15
Sunny, Breezy Monday - Rain Chance Tuesday, Severe Storms Thursday?

Sunny, Breezy Monday - Rain Chance Tuesday, Severe Storms Thursday?

It'll be a nice Monday across the metro with mainly sunny skies and highs around average. About the only point against Monday will be a strong northwest breeze up to 30 mph. Tuesday brings the next rain chances, and then a few strong storms are possible Thursday. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
May 14
A Few Sunday Isolated Showers, Otherwise A Nice End To The Weekend

A Few Sunday Isolated Showers, Otherwise A Nice End To The Weekend

We could see a few showers around as we head through Sunday, otherwise, a mix of sun and clouds to fairly sunny skies are expected. We'll remain in the 60s and 70s for highs for the foreseeable future. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
May 13
A Few Rumbles Up North For The Minnesota Fishing Opener

A Few Rumbles Up North For The Minnesota Fishing Opener

Don't worry - we're not talking about severe weather this weekend! As we head toward the Fishing Opener Saturday we'll see a few showers/t-storms in northern Minnesota, with a slightly better chance down south on Sunday. 60s and 70s for highs are expected through much of next week. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
May 12
Severe Threat Continues Thursday Night - Calmer Weather Returns For The Fishing Opener

Severe Threat Continues Thursday Night - Calmer Weather Returns For The Fishing Opener

After the last round of thunder expected Thursday Night, we should see quieter weather Friday into the Fishing Opener weekend with just a few scattered shower/storm chances and cooler temperatures. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
May 11

Jungle-Like Heat & Humidity Sparks Significant Severe Threat Again Today

There may be cases of running and screaming again later today as lines and clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms roll across the state, forcing people inside (in a hurry). Conditions are ripe for hail, even a few isolated tornadoes, especially central and west central Minnesota. Stay alert out there - cooler, drier (quieter) weather is on tap for Friday and the weekend with lukewarm sunshine and a drop in humidity. Not bad for a Minnesota Fishing Opener.
Paul Douglas
May 8
Summer Arrives: Strong Storms And Record Highs Possible This Week

Summer Arrives: Strong Storms And Record Highs Possible This Week

We have several strong storm chances and the first 80s and potentially 90s in the forecast this upcoming week as summer makes a quick entrance into the region. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
May 8

Puddles Today - 80s Much Of This Week

We dry out later today and July comes sweeping into town Monday with 80s and sticky dew points. We stay on the warm side of a slow-moving storm this week with 80s into Friday. A few strong thunderstorms are possible from time to time - it's too early for timing details. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 6

Today Is The Day We've Been Waiting For

Encourage your favorite mom to wander outside today, without question the nicer day of the weekend. A blue, lukewarm, story-book sky, low humidity and no big bugs yet. The approach of warm, steamy air sets off a few showers on Mother's Day, keeping temperatures 5-10 degrees cooler. A July-like warm front sparks thunder early Monday, with enough afternoon sunshine for 80s. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
May 1
Slow Warming Highs This Week - Cloudy Monday

Slow Warming Highs This Week - Cloudy Monday

After the 16th wettest and 14th coldest April for the Twin Cities, below-average highs continue for the first week of May... though by Thursday we should be back in the 60s (a lot closer to normal). After rain Sunday, cloudy skies remain Monday with more rain chances later in the week. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
April 30

Spring is coming, believe it or not

At this point most of us would be thrilled to see average temperatures. Such shall be the case with (consistent) 60s from Wednesday into mid-May, with a risk of 70 degrees by Mother's Day. The end is near. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Weather
April 29

A Fine "Plan B" Indoor Weekend Shaping Up

A slow-moving storm drops 1-2" rain on much of Minnesota by Sunday evening. Welcome to a "Plan B Weekend"; perfect for indoor adventures. But you do have the freedom to walk in the rain. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Paul Douglas
April 24
Near Record Cold Highs Expected Monday With Cloudy, Breezy Conditions

Near Record Cold Highs Expected Monday With Cloudy, Breezy Conditions

Another chilly April day is ahead on Monday with highs that barely make 40F in the Twin Cities, just a few degrees warmer than the coldest high for the day. It'll feel worse with cloudy conditions and breezy winds. - D.J. Kayser
Paul Douglas
April 22
Warm & Windy Saturday With Some Storms - Cooler Weather Returns Behind Saturday's Warmth

Warm & Windy Saturday With Some Storms - Cooler Weather Returns Behind Saturday's Warmth

We'll see our first 70F of 2022 on Saturday on the back of strong southerly winds, with some strong storms possible as well. The warmth will be short lived - highs in the 40s return Monday and Tuesday. - D.J. Kayser