Some counties in western Minnesota are now totally void of drought due in part to the recent heavy rains. After some fantastic biking weather this weekend another puff of muggy, warmer air moves in next week.
Sunday: Partly sunny. Nice biking weather. H: 66 Wind: E 10
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. L: 50
Monday: Partly cloudy. H: 68 L: 57 Wind: SE 10
Tuesday: Isolated thunder. H: 75 L: 63 Wind: S 15
Wednesday: Warmer, afternoon thunderstorms. H: 81 L: 63 Wind: SW 10-15
Thursday: Thunderstorms. H: 81 L: 64 Wind: SW 5-10
The normal high in the Twin Cities this time of the year is 72 degrees. The high temperature Wednesday will be well into the 80's...unseasonably warm for late May!
Rain returns to our trail system Thursday and Friday. The upcoming weekend will be dry but cooler. Some spots will have a hard time getting out of the 50's on Saturday! From shorts to sweaters we go!
Tuesday: Passing thundershower. H: 72 Wind: NE 5-10
Tuesday Night: Clearing. L: 61
Wednesday: Sunny and warm. H: 86 L: 64 Wind: W 10
Thursday: Isolated late day thunder. H: 82 L: 66 Wind: SW 15-20
Friday: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms. H: 73 L: 52 Wind: N 15-20
Saturday: Sunny. H: 63 L: 46 Wind: NE 15-20
Sunday: Isolated thunder late. H: 66 L: 52 Wind: E 10-15
Widespread 1-3 inches of rain fell between May 14-18 that has put a significant dent in the drought across Minnesota. Drought conditions have been a result of a dry 2014 autumn, below average snowfall during the 2014-2015 winter, and a below drier early spring. Precipitation totals since October 1 are 2-4 inches below normal, according to the MN DNR.
I am hopeful for more sun than showers this weekend. Unfortunately, Memorial Day Monday looks to be the wettest. But the rain will be more showery in nature and not a complete washout. Just have a plan B indoors if your BBQ gets a downpour.
Saturday: Isolated showers, especially western MN. H: 68 Wind: S 5-10
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. L: 57
Sunday: Showers southern MN. H: 70 L: 59 Wind: SE 10-15
Monday: Mostly cloudy, scattered thundershowers. H: 72 L: 59 Wind: SW 10
Tuesday: Rain. H: 73 L: 59 Wind: W 10
Wednesday: Morning sun, late day thunder. H: 77 L: 57 Wind: NW 5
Sprites in the Sky:
Sprites, a rare form of lightning, was captured by photographers in New Mexico and the Czech Republic recently. "This happens when a fierce lightning bolt draws lots of charge from a cloud near Earth’s surface. Electric fields [shoot] to the top of Earth’s atmosphere–and the result is a sprite. The entire process takes about 20 milliseconds." says lightning scientist Oscar van der Velde of the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain.
Record rain in St. Cloud. Over 3 inches in Benson and Morris. The Twin Cities? A measly 0.14" fell. Not much, and now with a dry week and breezy conditions, the dirt will dry out rather quickly.
Friday and Saturday will be the driest, sunniest days of the holiday weekend. More 80s possible late next week.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, cool. H: 55 Wind: NW 10
Tuesday Night: Frost. L: 43
Wednesday: Comfortable, low dewpoint air. H: 61 L: 46 Wind: W 10
Thursday: Warmer, mostly sunny. H: 70 L: 48 Wind: NW 10
Friday: Partly sunny. H: 72 L: 52 Wind: CALM
Saturday: Isolated thunder. H: 70 L: 55 Wind: SE 10-15
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunder. H: 64 L: 54 Wind: NE 10-20
The preliminary tornado count through May 13 is 158, nationwide. This is nearly 50% above average. No tornadoes for Minnesota...yet. That could change as thunderstorms (some severe) begin to impact our local trails Saturday night into Sunday.
Open trails won't be a guarantee this weekend. Most areas will pick up 1 inch of rain by next week. Riding road might be the best option.
Saturday: Afternoon/evening thunder. H: 82 Wind: SE 15-20
Saturday Night: Heavy rain 1"+ L: 64
Sunday: Scattered thunderstorms, windy. H: 77 L: 45 Wind: S 25
Monday: Drier, cooler. H: 52 L: 41 Wind: NW 20-25
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. H: 61 L: 45 Wind: N 10
Wednesday: Isolated showers. H: 61 L: 46 Wind: SE 4
A drier midweek gives way to more rain into the weekend. A road ride may be in the offering after a soaking Thursday and then again Sunday. 70s return by Saturday, though!
Tuesday: Partly sunny. H: 55 Wind: NW 20
Tuesday Night: Damaging frost. L: 41
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 63 L: 48 Wind: SE 15-20
Thursday: Thunderstorms, heavy downpours. H: 61 L: 52 Wind: SE 20
Friday: Isolated thunder. H: 66 L: 54 Wind: W 10-15
Saturday: Warmer. Isolated rain/thunder. H: 72 L: 57 Wind: SE 15
Sunday: Scattered thunderstorms. H: 75 L: 57 Wind: SW 15-25
CycleCast: Thunderstorms continue through midweek. Beneficial rain up to a half inch expected Wednesday & Thursday. Noticeably cooler conditions late this week. Already thinking about the weekend? We may need to dodge a few showers Saturday and Sunday. Open trails will be questionable.
Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms. H: 75 Wind: SE 10-20
Wednesday Night: Cloudy, rain. L: 63
Thursday: Thunderstorms, heavy downpours. H: 75 L: 57 Wind: S 15-25
Friday: Partly sunny. Cooler. H: 68 L: 50 Wind: NW 10
Saturday: Isolated showers. H: 64 L: 50 Wind: NE 10
Sunday: Scattered thunder. H: 64 L: 48 Wind: NW 10-20
Pollen and Downpours: New research is showing a link between increased pollen count and heavier rainfall. Another reason to practice proper trail building techniques that can handle heavier downpours and excessive erosion.
CycleCast: Dry, 80 degree weather returns to the metro on Saturday. Thunderstorms and a good downpour Sunday could temporarily close trails Monday. Next wet storm arrives Wednesday-Thursday next week.
Saturday: Sunny, warm! H: 81 Wind: SW 10
Saturday Night: Increasing clouds. L: 61
Sunday: Thunderstorms. H: 84 L: 54 Wind: SW 10-15
Monday: Rain ending. H: 72 L: 48 Wind: NE 15-20
Tuesday: Drier, partly sunny. H: 72 L: 52 Wind: E 10
Wednesday: Increasing rumbles of thunder. H: 72 L: 54 Wind: SE 10-15
Warmer Weather, Better Mood: Should be no surprise that with sunnier weather comes happier people, especially in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Turns out that sunny, warmer weather can also make us more inventive.
Deepening Drought: Severe drought has now popped up over 32% of Minnesota. A solid 3-4 inches of rain is needed to get us out.
The recent high wind and low humidity have really dried out the first few feet of topsoil. "Measurements show that the vast majority of available store moisture is in the layer from 3-5 ft below the surface. The top 2 feet are quite dry", says Minnesota State Climatologist, Mark Seeley.
Rare Rainbow: A rare quadruple rainbow was spotted earlier this month in the northeastern U.S. This optical phenomenon occurs when a double rainbow is re-reflected off of large bodies of calm water such as lakes.
Volcano Waves: Last week as Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted high into the atmosphere, the powerful push of ash sent shockwaves or "gravity waves" through our upper atmosphere.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story