The switch is about to flip the weather back to summer mode. It looks like we'll finally get a prolonged string of lazy, hazy, crazy late summer days in the last half of August.
Our upper air pattern appears ready to shift in the next few days. A "heat pump high" will set up and delivers pulses of heat and humidity from the south and west by next week.
A variety of astronomical and meteorological factors converge over Minnesota this week. The Perseids could approach "meteor storm" levels early Tuesday morning, with 70+ meteors visible per hour in some spots.
We're all living witnesses to rapid climate changes in our lifetime. This is no longer your grandparents "Minnesota" or Planet Earth.
On Monday, we celebrated a timely, widespread good old-fashioned soaking rain. Tuesday we track another rainmaker, and keep one eye out for the severe weather that may come along for the ride.
Almost every summer, sporadic and mysterious reports of "elusive snowflakes" filter in from northern Minnesota.
A sort of "virtual atmospheric Canadian vacation" visits Minnesota this weekend as Canada's weather pushes south. Sweatshirts replace beach blankets for now. (Even the quarterback wore long sleeves at training camp.) Furnaces and wood stoves will fire in northeast Minnesota. The Tall Ships Festival in Duluth will have a decidedly Nordic feel. Frost in the cooler nooks and crannies of northeast Minnesota like Embarrass and the Boundary Waters? Not out of the question.
A severe thunderstorm watch continues for southern Minnesota until 9 p.m. tonight.
A cool front sweeps through Minnesota today bringing scattered thunderstorms...then a noticeably cooler and refreshing air mass. From three days in the 90s with high humidity last week to three days in the 70s with lows in the 50s this week? Welcome to "summer" in Minnesota.
The metro's longest dry streak since March 19-29 comes to an end this weekend. Low pressure is sliding east from the Dakotas, and scattered rain and thunder return to Minnesota.
The Weather Lab awoke to some pretty alarming wording from NOAA's SPC today highlighting the risk for another "Linear MCS" or Bow Echo rumbling across southern Minnesota later today and tonight. Looking at the variables, I agree there is a good chance for some severe storms later today.
As Minnesotans continue cleaning up from the most widespread damaging wind event in several years, the next wave of rain and storms is already moving north.
Umbrellas, rain coats and wool socks are still in vogue. If your grass isn't green enough, or growing fast enough how about another shot of rain?
Our latest "winter" storm in spring is moving into Minnesota tonight. Winter storm warnings are in place from the Twin Cities metro area to Duluth and into northwest Wisconsin. Heavy snow is expected tonight, with snowfall totals from 4-8 inches or more in the metro area by early tomorrow morning.
Our latest April "winter storm" is in full gear in Minnesota today. Get the latest snowfall reports and storm trends here as the storm rages.