The weather couldn't have been better for the 2013 Rusty Ride at Cuyuna Lakes on Saturday. Check out the post-race weather round up here.
Sunday's high temperature of 80 degrees was the first above normal temperature in 20 days!
Quiet riding weather stays with us pretty much all week. Isolated thunderstorms are likely Friday followed by a slight warm-up this weekend.
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 77° Wind: NNE 2 mph
Tuesday Night: Clear. L: 56° Wind: CALM
Wednesday: Sunny. H: 79° L: 59° Wind: WSW 2-4 mph
Thursday: A few clouds. H: 80° L: 63° Wind: SSW 2-4 mph
Friday: Broken sun. A few thunderstorms. H: 81° L: 64° Wind: S 5-10
Saturday: Partly sunny, Isolated thunder. Windy. H: 82° L: 65° Wind: S 15-20
Sunday: Partly sunny. H: 83° L: 66° Wind: S 5-10
A sprawling high pressure settles over the Great Lakes this week keeping Minnesota dry with all the stormy weather to our south.
Oddity on Radar
Doppler radar not only detects rain but it can also pick up hail, mountains, wind turbines, radio towers, birds and bugs. There was an interesting feature detected by radar in Scott County just to the west of Prior Lake on Saturday morning. From the NWS:
The two top reflectivity images show a nearly stationary area of higher reflectivity values that quickly dissipates into a ring early this morning. The velocity image indicates a clockwise motion to the feature before it spreads out when the feature disappears.
What could it be?
The location is Mystic Lake Casino where spotlights shine straight up in the air. The bright lights attract bugs, and the bugs attract predators such as bats or maybe birds. The radar beam is likely bending to a lower elevation, and seeing the bats/insects. What's puzzling is the clockwise rotation that is consistent until they all scatter at the end of the video.
One possible theory for the clockwise rotation is a "Roost Ring" when thousands of birds leave their nests in search for food.
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