Our next shower chance rolls in this weekend. But with a four inch rainfall deficit and severe drought expanding in the Twin Cities metro area since July 1, can we afford to complain?
Waterspouts are relatively rare in the upper Midwest. But video captured Thursday show two dueling waterspouts over Lake Michigan off Kenosha, Wis.
Most of Minnesota and Iowa now need between three and six inches of rainfall to end the current drought.
Our weather the next 48 hours is ideal for human comfort. Later this week we slip into a cooler more fall like pattern. After a cool weekend, summer returns next week.
Some New York and New Jersey neighborhoods are becoming ghost towns as residents abandon their demolished properties. Homes worth $400,000 before Sandy are now appraised at as little as $10,000. Up to 68,000 homes in New York City and thousands more in New Jersey now fall into "flood zones" in new FEMA flood zone maps.
Somehow you just knew the summer of 2013 would go out with a bang when frost advisories were issued up north a couple of weeks ago. Weather has a way of "averaging" out over time.
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.