The natives are getting restless. It's been like pulling teeth trying to get the sun out around here lately. Solar radiations measurements at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus show that we've just endured the third gloomiest May since 1963.
The high frequency of rain events has been equally impressive. Our area trails have received measurable rain on 18 of the past 31 days.
Blame a highly amplified jet stream for the slow-moving nature of storms over the Midwest. This recent weather pattern has allowed storms to sit over a particular region for long periods of time.
Our total rainfall for May 2013 is around 6 inches and while this amount is above normal it doesn't event come close to the top 15 wettest Mays in the Twin Cities. The wettest May for us was back in 1906 with 10.33 inches of rain.
Other Midwest states have received 6-8 inches of rain just within the past 7 days! Iowa, for example, experienced their wettest Spring in 141 years with over 16 inches during this past May.
Past 7 Day Midwest Rainfall
The record foot of snow that fell across southeastern MN in early May combined with the recent frequent rains have resulted in May monthly rainfall being 300% above average.
Finally, a clearing trend takes place Sunday-Monday. The drier weather will be brief, however. Wettest days next week will be Tuesday-Wednesday. Showers persist into Thursday with cooler than normal conditions lasting into the early part of June.
Saturday: Afternoon thunderstorms. H: 71 Wind: NW 10-15
Saturday Night: Clearing, cooler. L: 47 Wind: NW 5-10
Sunday: Sunny! Dry for riding. H: 68 L: 50 Wind: NW 5-10
Monday: Dry, increasing afternoon clouds. H: 73 L: 54 Wind: CALM
Tuesday: Storms. Locally heavy rain of over 1". H: 68 L: 53 Wind: E 10
Wednesday: Showers linger, cloudy. H: 67 L: 53 Wind: NW 5-10
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