According to the US Drought Monitor, nearly 97% of the Western US is considered to be abnormally dry with 88% in a Moderate Drought, 75% in a Severe Drought, 55% in an Extreme Drought and 27% in an Exceptional Drought. 1 year ago, no areas were in an Exceptional Drought and only 2% was considered to be in an Extreme Drought
"7 Shocking Satellite Images Reveal the West's Megadrought"
"The 2021 megadrought is having major impacts on the ground. But to truly grasp the scope, you need to see it from space. The megadrought hitting the western United States has yielded no shortage of horror stories to start the dry season. Record heat last week hasseared in drought, turning the region from an already well-done steak into a charred crisp. Almond growers areripping up orchards, and 17 million endangered salmon are beingshipped to the seabecause rivers are too hot to navigate. Horror stories abound. But the toll of the megadrought is perhaps most visible in the state of reservoirs across the West, from California to Utah.Lake Mead hit a record low, touching a level not seen since the Hoover Dam was constructed. The images ofboat docks sitting on now-dry landare visceral, but so too are the state of the West's reservoirs from space. The European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 satellite has captured astounding images of the West's reservoirs. Earther has taken snapshots from 2020 and 2021 of a number of reservoirs in California as well as Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two largest manmade reservoirs in the West, which millions depend on. These shocking images show how quickly water supplies have deteriorated, and the risks facing the region as the dry season ramps up."
California Reservoir Levels
According to CA.gov most of the reservoirs located in California are running well below the historical average. Interestingly, Folsom Lake is sitting at 35%, which is the lowest out of any of the reservoirs located in the state.
Minnesota Drought Update
"Little rainfall fell this week, except in some parts of far northern Minnesota where over an inch of rainfall was reported. Gunflint Lake (Cook County) and Orr (St Louis County) reported over 2 inches of rain. The heat this week coupled with the absence of rainfall in most places has accelerated produced drought concerns over many areas of the state. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor portions of 6 Minnesota counties are in severe drought, and 55 counties are designated in moderate drought, with the rest of the state drier than normal, but not yet in drought. Some areas of southern and western Minnesota have received less than 50 percent of normal precipitation for the year so far. Further the outlook models show continued trend for hot and dry through most of the rest of the month. Many lawns are already showing signs of browning, and some tress are under stress as well."
Precipitation Percent of Average So Far This June
"Agriculture impacts: We are early in both the growing season and this drought, so agricultural impacts have been minimal to this point. The main impact messaged by the USDA is that the early June warmth promoted a rapid pace in crop development, though has begun to stress pastures. In both Minnesota and Wisconsin, about 75% of major crops were reported as being in good or excellent condition, with slightly lower percentages for the condition of pastures/rangeland as of June 7th. Hydrologic impacts: Being early on in this dry spell, we have yet to see significant hydrologic impacts. Fire hazards: In Minnesota, all but the counties that border Wisconsin have a fire danger rating from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as high or very high, with burn restrictions in place from St. Cloud on north in the state. In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has all of western Wisconsin within a moderate fire danger with only daytime burning restrictions."
Precipitation Month to Date
Here's how much precipitation we've had so far this month and despite a few heavy pockets of rain across the Dakotas, northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, much of central and southern Minnesota have not had much in terms of any appreciative rain. Interestingly, Rochester, MN & Mason City, IA have not seen a drop of rain yet this month!
Precipitation Departure From Average So Far This June
Here's the precipitation departure from average so far this month. Note that many locations from the central and northern part of the state down to the MN/IA border are at least -1.00" below average with Rochester, MN and Mason City, IA nearly -2.00" below average. Interestingly, this is the driest start to any June on record for Rochester, which again has not yet seen any rain yet this month.
Precipitation Departure From Average Since Jan. 1st
Many areas across the region are dealing with deficits with many areas several inches below average since the beginning of the year. The biggest deficits are located south and east of the Twin Cities across parts of Iowa and southern Wisconsin. With that being said, Madison, WI is sitting at its 6th driest start to any year on record, while Mason City, IA is sitting at its 7th driest start to any year on record.
Extended Precipitation Outlook
Here's the extended precipitation outlook from NOAA's WPC, which shows pockets of decent rainfall potential across parts of southern Minnesota and into central Wisconsin. Unfortunately, this rain chance won't arrive late week. Until then, it will remain hot and dry.
Hot & Dry June So Far in the Twin Cities
Through the first 12 days of June, the Twin Cities is running nearly +14.5F above average, which is the warmest start to any June on record. We've also only had 0.40" of rain, which is the 26th driest start to any June on record.
Warmest Start to June on Record
Here's the top 15 warmest June 1st - 11th stretches on record. Note that this year is the warmest June 1st to 11th on record with an average temperature of 82F !! So far, we've surpassed the other warmest start to any June on record, which was back in 1933 during the Dust Bowl years.
Low Humidity Continues
Here's a look at dewpoint values over the next several days, which shows comfortable dewpoint readings in the upper 40s and lower 50s. The end of the week could see a spike in humidity later in the week as our next best chance of showers and storms arrives.
Monday Weather Outlook
The weather outlook for the Twin Cities on Monday shows more hot sunshine in place with high temps warming into the upper 80s by the afternoon.
The meteograms for Minneapolis on Monday shows temps warming into the 80s rather by late morning. High temps will warm into the upper 80s in the afternoon, which will once again be nearly +10F above average. Winds will be out of the NW through the day and could gust up close to 20mph in the afternoon.
Regional Weather Outlook for Monday
The weather outlook across the region on Monday looks rather quiet once again with high temperature readings warming into the 80s and 90s across much of the region, which will be nearly +5F to +10F above average.
Extended Weather Outlook for Minneapolis
The extended weather outlook for Minneapolis shows temps still warming into the upper 80s and lower 90s through early next week. This will still be nearly +5F to +10F above average. Keep in mind that the Twin Cities is at its warmest start to any June on record with the average temperature sitting nearly +14.5F above average. We should stay mostly dry through much of the week until late Wednesday and Thursday when showers and storms arrive. Temps behind the front could be quite a bit cooler than they've been in some time.
Weather Outlook From AM Monday to AM Saturday
The weather outlook from AM Monday to AM Saturday shows mostly dry weather in place across much of the region as another bubble of hot high pressure settles in. Scattered showers and storms will be possible late Wednesday into Thursday, some of which could be a little on the vigorous side. Stay tuned.
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook shows warmer than average temps across much of the western half of the nation.
June 2021 Tornado Drought. Warm & Dry Continues
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.
On this date in 1981, a tornado touched down in Edina, MN at 3:49PM and tracked northeast bringing it right over Lake Harriet and near the Har Mar Mall in Roseville. It was 26 minutes of terror, cutting a 15 mile long path through the eastern metro, leaving 83 injured and 1 dead.
According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, June is typically our most active month for tornadoes, averaging nearly 15. However, this year has only had a handful of severe weather reports, including 1 tornado report on June 10th in Ottertail county. The lack of severe storms and rain chances can be attributed to our extended heat wave, which looks breaking down some later this week.
Warm, dry and sunny weather will continue through midweek before rain and thunder chances return late Wednesday into Thursday. Despite a few heavier pockets of rain, it won't be the soaking we need, especially in southern Minnesota where there hasn't been a drop of rain yet this month.
You're not imagining it, this has been an usually hot and dry June so far. Hang in there!
MONDAY: Warm Sunshine Continues. Winds: NNW 8-13. High: 86.
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly Clear and quiet. Winds: NNE 5-15. Low: 62.
TUESDAY: Another Dry & Sunny Day. Winds: ENE 5-10. High: 84.
WEDNESDAY: Breezy. Late Day T-Showers Develop. Winds: SSE 10-15. Wake-up: 62. High: 86.
THURSDAY: More Humid. Chance of Storms. Winds: SSW 10-15. Wake-up: 65. High: 88.
FRIDAY: Cooler breeze. Not as hot or as humid. Winds: NW 15-25. Wake-up: 65. High: 82.
SATURDAY:Few Clouds. More comfortable. Winds: WSW 5-10. Wake-up: 61. High: 81.
SUNDAY:Unsettled. Chance of PM T-showers. Winds: SSE 10-15. Wake-up: 56. High: 78.
This Day in Weather History
1981: A tornado hits Roseville, destroying homes and damages Har Mar Mall.
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1956: 8 inches of rain fall in the Ivanhoe area in 3.5 hours. 100 thousand dollars in damage to crops is reported.
1943: Torrential downpours cause flooding in the Twin Cities and east central Minnesota. 2.5 inches of rain fall in St. Paul in two hours. In addition, four streetcars are hit by lightning.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 79F(Record: 98F set in 1987)
Average Low: 59F (Record: 44Fset in 1927)
Record Rainfall: 2.48" set in 1924
Record Snowfall: 0.00"
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~15hours & 35minutes
Daylight GAINEDsinceyesterday: ~ 30seconds
Daylight GAINEDsince WinterSolstice (December 21st): ~ 6 hours & 49 minute
Moon Phase for June 14th at Midnight
2.9 Before First Quarter Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
"The young moon returns In June 2021,new moonhappens on June 10 at 10:21UTC. And so – by about June 11 – the young moon, a waxing crescent, returns to the evening sky. If you watch that evening, and in the evenings after that, you can also notice two planets, Venus and Mars. You can spot Regulus, Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo, now about to descend into the sun's glare for another season. And you might also glimpse the stars Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini the Twins. They in such bright twilight, though, that they'll be tougher to see. Evening of June 11, 2021 For us in North America, the moon turned new during the early morning hours of June 10. That means – for us in North America – the moon will be well over one day (24 hours) old at sunset June 11, staying out for over one hour aftersunset. On June 11, the sleek and slender young moon will be pairing up with the dazzling planet Venus on the sky's dome. That's not to say that moon watchers in the world'sEastern Hemispherewon't see the young moon after sunset June 11. But the younger and thinner moon may present more of a challenge, as an even paler crescent sets all the sooner after sunset."
Watching The Tropics
According to NOAA's NHC, there is a medium chance of tropical development with a wave of energy in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the coming days, the developing area of low pressure will lift north toward the Gulf Coast States and will bring areas of heavy rainfall, which could lead to flood concerns.
Watching the Tropics
It's a little too early to say exactly what the area of interest in the Gulf will do, but here's the extended GFS model forecast, which shows areas of heavy rainfall lifting north toward the Gulf Coast States late next week and into the weekend. Stay tuned...
Areas of Heavy Rainfall Along the Coast?
Here's the rainfall potential through next week, which shows several inches of rain possible along the coast. Stay tuned as this system develops.
National High Temps Monday
The weather outlook on Monday shows well above average temps continuing across much of the nation. In fact, many locations will be nearly +10F to +20F above average with even hotter temps settling in across the Western US with records possible through much of next week.
National Weather Outlook
The national weather outlook through PM Tuesday shows lingering showers and storms across parts of the Eastern US. Drier weather will settle in across the Upper Midwest and will continue in the Desert Southwest, where drought conditions continue.
Extended Precipitation Outlook
According to NOAA's Weather Prediction Center there is a chance of locally heavy rainfall across parts of the Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic Region. There will be a few pockets of heavier rainfall in the Pacific Northwest with dry weather continuing in the Desert Southwest and much of the High Plains.
"'Dire situation': Silicon Valley cracks down on water use as California drought worsens"
"Santa Clara county issues restrictions in an already historic crisis, amid fears trouble could deepen over summer. Santa Clara county, the home of Silicon Valley, issued mandatory water restrictions this week during a severe drought that has already reachedhistoriclevels. The move was championed by analysts and researchers who have pushed for more conservation efforts acrossCaliforniaamid concerns that the state will fall deeper into a drought disaster through the hot, dry summer and autumn. "We are indeed in a dire situation," said Rick Callender, the CEO of the water district serving Santa Clara county, during a public hearing Wednesday. "When you see a storm about to hit your community, the responsibility of government is not to wait until the storm hits to call for emergency action. The responsibility of government, as we all know, is to act before the storm can actually cause the devastation."
"The 'megadrought' just set a concerning record for Lake Mead"
The largest reservoir in the U.S. reached an all-time low. As a massive "megadrought" grips the Western U.S., water levels inLake Meadreached a historic all-time low as of Wednesday night, according toCBS News. The water levels have fallen steadily as inflow from theColorado Riverand its tributaries have dried up, reportedUSA Today. According toThe Weather Channel, 89% of the Western U.S. is experiencing drought conditions. More than half — about 55% — of the West is experiencing the highest levels of "extreme" and "exceptional" drought, reported The Weather Channel. The low water levels in Lake Mead are likely to lead to historic water cuts for multiple southwestern states, reportedReuters. What is Lake Mead? Why is it important? Formed in 1937 by the construction of theHoover Dam, Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the U.S. The reservoir supplies water to 25 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson and Las Vegas, perReuters. Arizona and Nevada rely on Lake Mead for water, especially for agricultural production, saidUSA Today.
"California's Drought Is So Bad They're Driving Salmon to the Ocean in Trucks"
"The drought in California is so bad that the state is loading almost 17 million hatchery salmon into trucks for a ride to the coast in a massive effort to help the species. Typically, Chinook salmon spawn in rivers and then migrate to the ocean as juveniles, eventually swimming back up rivers to lay their eggs. But this year, the West is experiencing on of the worst droughts in history, with California Governor Gavin Newsom declaring itan emergency in April.The once-cool and deep riverways salmon have historically traveled are now in some places hot, cracked stretches of dirt. And to make sure that salmon get to the ocean, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will use 146 trucks to carry the fish up to 100 miles from their hatcheries to the San Francisco Bay and other water areas, according to arelease by the agency. They are being let loose at different times of day to avoid a feeding frenzy by lurking seabirds. "Trucking young salmon to downstream release sites has proven to be one of the best ways to increase survival to the ocean during dry conditions," Jason Julienne, a salmon hatchery supervisor, said in a statement."