If you've been to the north shore recently you've experienced some wacky weather: record heat and record ice. Temperatures all week have been pushing 90 degrees at the same time huge ice chunks still linger in Lake Superior. This is the largest ice cover in late May since records began.
Rounds of rain can be expected through early next week. Rain totals could exceed 2 inches resulting in temporary trail closures.
Saturday: Storms slowly roll into western MN. Metro may stay dry for the majority of the day. H: 85 Wind: SE 10
Saturday Night: Thunderstorms increasing. L: 68
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms. H: 86 L: 67 Wind: S 5-10
Monday: Rain, thunder. Mostly cloudy H: 83 L: 59 Wind: SW 10-15
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. H: 78 L: 56 Wind: NW 10
Wednesday: Thunderstorms. H: 71 L: 55 Wind: SE 10
Rain may put a damper on our riding plans, but at least it isn't snow! Back in 1947 an unprecedented snow storm cruised through the Midwest. A cool foot of snow fell in Harrison, Nebraska. This storm just clipped southern Minnesota but went on to bring measurable snow to Wisconsin May 27-29.
Despite starting off this year one of the wettest on record, drought conditions have crept back into southwestern Minnesota. California is far worse with drought conditions expected to cost $1.7 billion and 14, 500 jobs.
Often times drought and wildfire danger go hand-in-hand. But as WeatherBELL meteorologist Joe Bastardi points out, wildfires have been trending below normal and drought conditions globally haven't changed much.
This Friday is the end of meteorological winter, but it won't feel like it. Highs and lows will be 25-30 degrees below climatological normal through next weekend.
Meteorological winter is designated December-February and this year has been the 11th coldest on record.
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 16 L: -9 Wind: SW 10-15
Thursday: Partly sunny. H: -1 L: -10 Wind: NW 5-10
Friday: Partly sunny. H: 7 L: -12 Wind: NW 5
Saturday: Increasing clouds, overnight snow showers. H: 1 L: -10 Wind: NW 7
Sunday: Continued cold. H: 10 L: -1 Wind: NW 2
Record Ice on Great Lakes
One of the side effects of the extensive cold has been record ice cover on the Great Lakes. Ice covers an average of 88% of the lakes, the most since 1994. Lake Superior is now 94% covered giving way to spectacular ice caves that have been attracting thousands of visitors, including cyclists.
Which brings up an interesting point. Michigan's soils and shorelines are fragile, and off-road vehicles along stream banks and other waterways are restricted during the warm season. Off-road vehicles include ATV's, cars...and bikes. But what about in the rare event that the lake freezes over?
Mixed messages have been sent out. Some have been told that biking along the shoreline and ice caves is legal whereas others have been told otherwise. I know a group of riders heading up to northern Michigan this week and they plan to meet with the park rangers to get a straight answer before they hop on their saddles and explore the ice caves.
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