Rain creeps back into the area Saturday afternoon. Thunderstorms likely through Mother's Day.
Trail openings earlier in the week were just a little teaser. Hopefully you had a chance to shred some good Minnesota dirt before the storms rolled in.
In addition to a soaking 0.50"+ on our metro trails, baseball size hail and tornadoes accompanied the first severe storms of the season.
Trails will get a chance to dry out for about 24-36 hours before the next round of rain arrives.
Storm chasers were out in southern Minnesota on Thursday capturing a tornado touchdown near St. James. Doppler radar can only tell us so much about severe storms and that is why physical weather observations, made on the ground, are so important. The high-res visible satellite on Thursday (below) showed the storm cloud tops flowing north due to winds exceeding 130 mph aloft.
Our trails will see a brief window of drier weather before showers are back Saturday afternoon. Crossing my fingers for enough drying to open Carver Lake Park for the inaugural Tent Days at the Trailhead!
Saturday: Becoming mostly cloudy, afternoon showers. H: 69 Wind: W 15-20
Saturday Night: Thunderstorms. L: 53
Mother's Day: Cloudy. Scattered storms. H: 70 L: 50 Wind: NW 5-10
Monday: Widespread rain. H: 59 L: 44 Wind: NW 5-10
Tuesday: Lingering rain. H: 58 L: 45 Wind: NW 10-15
Wednesday: Dry. Partly cloudy. H: 57 L: 42 Wind: W 10-15
The frequent rains as of recently have really saturated our soils. The soil moisture indicator shows above average wetness as of May 5. This is measured at the surface layer which is defined as the top 2 centimeters of soil. On a positive note, drought is not an issue for Minnesota.
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