Thinking about trading in the bike for a boat? Might not be a bad idea. The Twin Cities measured rain on 16 of the past 24 days this month. The total monthly rainfall is 4.50" with 3" of that rain falling since last Friday! Geesh!
Soil moisture across southeastern Minnesota is now 4" above normal. Many trails continue to be too soggy to ride or even do trail maintenance. The high frequency rain, however, has nearly ended the drought in the metro. Since the beginning of the year progress has been made in regards to an overall decrease in drought conditions statewide.
This weekend will be similar to last weekend. A mixture of storms and sun will define our holiday. Camping? Be sure to bring the rain gear...
Saturday: Morning thunderstorms, partial afternoon clearing. H: 63 Wind: SE 9-11
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. L: 48 Wind: ESE 9
Sunday: Thundershowers. Heaviest rain stays across southern MN. H: 64 L: 53
Memorial Day: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Warmer. H: 72 L: 61 Wind: SE 10-15
Tuesday: Showers and storms early. Dry, partly sunny afternoon. H: 81 L: 66 Wind: S 7-9
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, a passing shower. H: 87 L: 65 Wind: S 10
Cool and Wet Summer?
The summer solstice is rapidly approaching on June 21. After that date, the days start getting shorter. Eek!
I've been worried that this summer might turn out to be somewhat cool and damp...much like what the current weather pattern has been. The general thinking among climate scientists is that the warming/melting of ice around the north pole will decrease the temperature gradient between the north pole and the tropics which will, in turn, weaken the jet stream. A weaker jet stream allows for a lazy weather pattern across the county, one that allows the same kind of weather to stick around the same spots for extended periods of time.
I hope I'm wrong but this is the second blocking pattern across the country in two weeks as yet another lazy storm begins to impact the area over the next few days. Might be tough to break this large scale weather pattern.
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