The record warmest 4th of July was 101 degrees in 2012. Luckily, no searing summer heat this year. The holiday weekend kicks off comfortably cool. Dewpoints will slowly rise into the mid-60s on Independence Day making it feel slightly humid outside for the fireworks display. The trails may look parched but rain is on the way the middle of next week.
You have probably noticed your local trail becoming increasingly dusty. Higher trail traffic along with below normal precipitation have made the singletrack very dry. Almost all of the metro saw only 5% of normal precipitation over the past two weeks.
Percent of Normal Precipitation - Last 14 Days
The longer periods of dry weather have allowed drought conditions to expand over parts of Minnesota. Western-central Minnesota is now within an abnormally dry to moderate drought.
Starting Tuesday of next week the pattern changes with thundershowers possible through the end of the week. The long range precipitation outlook indicates a 40% chance of receiving above normal precipitation July 6 through July 10 across eastern Minnesota. This abundance of rain could result in temporary trail closures by the end of next week.
Aurora on Jupiter
Turns out that even Jupiter has brilliant displays of the northern lights! Check out these amazing new images from the Hubble Telescope. More via NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration: http://go.nasa.gov/295ond9
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