Widespread 1-3 inches of rain fell between May 14-18 that has put a significant dent in the drought across Minnesota. Drought conditions have been a result of a dry 2014 autumn, below average snowfall during the 2014-2015 winter, and a below drier early spring. Precipitation totals since October 1 are 2-4 inches below normal, according to the MN DNR.
I am hopeful for more sun than showers this weekend. Unfortunately, Memorial Day Monday looks to be the wettest. But the rain will be more showery in nature and not a complete washout. Just have a plan B indoors if your BBQ gets a downpour.
Saturday: Isolated showers, especially western MN. H: 68 Wind: S 5-10
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. L: 57
Sunday: Showers southern MN. H: 70 L: 59 Wind: SE 10-15
Monday: Mostly cloudy, scattered thundershowers. H: 72 L: 59 Wind: SW 10
Tuesday: Rain. H: 73 L: 59 Wind: W 10
Wednesday: Morning sun, late day thunder. H: 77 L: 57 Wind: NW 5
Sprites in the Sky:
Sprites, a rare form of lightning, was captured by photographers in New Mexico and the Czech Republic recently. "This happens when a fierce lightning bolt draws lots of charge from a cloud near Earth’s surface. Electric fields [shoot] to the top of Earth’s atmosphere–and the result is a sprite. The entire process takes about 20 milliseconds." says lightning scientist Oscar van der Velde of the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain.
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