Some Isolated Thunderstorms Possible (Once Again) Wednesday
Loop from 7 AM Wednesday to 7 AM Thursday.
With a frontal boundary to our south, we will watch the chance for a few scattered showers and storms across southern Minnesota during the day, but odds into at least the evening will be better to our south. A few showers and storms could be more likely into the late night/early Thursday morning hours in southern parts of the state.
If we do get a few storms across southwestern Minnesota, they could be on the strong side with a Marginal Risk (threat level 1 of 5) in place. Hail and wind would be the greatest threats.
So while there are some storm icons across central and southern Minnesota Wednesday, they are somewhat slight chances, with greater chances as you head south into Iowa. Highs on Wednesday will range from the 60s along the North Shore to the low 80s in southern Minnesota. Some of these highs up in north-central/northeast Minnesota will be 5-15F degrees below average.
As we look at Wednesday in the Twin Cities, we watch that isolated storm chance but again chances odds appear to be somewhat on the lower end of the scale. Morning temperatures will be in the upper 60s with highs climbing to around 80F.
Warm, Humid Weather Continues
Wednesday will be the coolest day of the next several due to a front passing through, with highs "only" making it to 80F... which is actually a few degrees below average. That slightly cooler air doesn't last, though, as we climb back into the mid and upper 80s for the second part of the week into the weekend. There's even a chance we could make a run at 90F during the weekend.
It's also going to remain somewhat sticky out there as well, with dewpoints hanging in the 60s throughout the rest of the week.
Rain Forecast Through Friday Evening
Most of the rain through the end of the week will fall across the southern tier of counties, where some areas like Rochester and Worthington could see at least an inch fall. The farther north you go, the fewer chances of rain there are, with maybe a quarter inch for the metro tapering off to almost nothing around the Brainerd Lakes area.
While some of the rain will fall in areas that need it, there are still many other areas in central and northern Minnesota that are several inches of rain below average over the last 30 days.
The good news is that water levels along the Rainy River Basin continue to fall thanks to the reduced rainfall up north over the past month or so. Rainy Lake continues to be several feet above normal levels, and there are still high water levels on the Rainy River past International Falls.
Few Thundershowers But We Need The Rain
By Paul Douglas
My oldest son got married in Santa Fe last week in front of the Cathedral Basilica Church. Picture this: churchbells clanging, thunder roaring, my wife glaring as I peaked at Doppler radar on my phone, praying (out loud) the rain would hold off. It sprinkled, but the outdoor ceremony went off as planned. We were lucky.
Some rain would be nice right about now. Much of Minnesota is too dry again, and models suggest a continuation of our hotter, drier than average pattern. June was 3.3F warmer than average in the Twin Cities, and an ensemble of long-range models suggest stinking hot weather will be with us into much of August. The local National Weather Service says MSP has experienced twice as many 90-degree days than average so far.
A free lawn-watering is possible later today with a few spotty pop-up T-storms. Showers may be more numerous Thursday before drying Friday. Expect another lake-worthy weekend with sun & 80s both days. After a lousy, character-building spring we're having a real summer. Imagine that!
Paul's Extended Twin Cities Forecast
WEDNESDAY: Some sun, late PM thunder. Wake up 69. High 81. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind E 7-12 mph.
THURSDAY: Sticky, more numerous T-storms. Wake up 70. High 84. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind N 8-13 mph.
FRIDAY: Sunny and less humid. Wake up 66. High 85. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind E 7-12 mph.
SATURDAY: Go jump in a lake. Warm sunshine. Wake up 66. High 86. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Warm sunshine, late T-storms. Wake up 68. High 89. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind S 10-20 mph.
MONDAY: Hot sunshine. Dog Days return. Wake up 71. High 92. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 10-15 mph.
TUESDAY: Sunshine much of the day. Late storm? Wake up 69. High 87. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind N 10-15 mph.
Minneapolis Weather Almanac And Sun Data
*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 28 minutes, and 14 seconds
*Daylight LOST Since Yesterday: 1 minute and 3 seconds
*When Do We Drop Below 15 Hours Of Daylight?: July 24 (14 hours, 58 minutes, 52 seconds)
*When Does The Sun Start Rising At/After 6 AM?: August 3rd (6:00 AM)
*When Does The Sun Start Setting At/Before 8:30 PM?: August 8th (8:29 PM)
This Day in Weather History
1936: A high of 104 degrees is recorded at Minneapolis.
National Weather Forecast
We will watch a large area of the eastern two-thirds of the country with shower and storm potential as we head through Wednesday with some showers and storms also possible in the Pacific Northwest.
The heaviest rain through the middle of the week will fall from the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley where rounds of storms are expected around a heat bubble impacting the central and southern Plains. In these areas, some could see over 3" of rain fall.
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- D.J. Kayser