You may notice some vivid reddish sunsets the next few days in Minnesota.
A shift to a northwesterly wind flow in the upper atmosphere is feeding smoke from Canadian forest fires aloft into the skies over Minnesota.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0102Z July 29, 2010
The numerous large wildfires of SE Northwest Territories, SW Nunavut,
and N Saskatchewan continue to emit copious amounts of dense smoke.
Dense smoke covers a large portion of N Saskatchewan into W Manitoba, the
NE corner of ND and the northern half of MN. Moderate smoke is connected
to this area over central and northern Saskatchewan over SE NW Territories
and S continental Nunavut into much of western and northern Hudson Bay.
A few other areas of moderate smoke can be seen over N Lake Superior
and NE Ontario as it moves S and SE around the western side of the large
vortex over James Bay and E Quebec.
Next rain Friday:
It appears our next shot of rain will roll in Friday. Expect a chance of showers and storms to move into northwest Minnesota tonight and overspread the state Friday.
The best chance for heavy rains appears to be in the southwest half of the state, but the system will have to be monitored.
In the mean time, enjoy a picture postcard Thursday, and watch for a reddish sunset tonight!
Update 12:00 am Friday
It looks more like the metro wil be on the northern fringe of the rain. The heaviest rainfall looks to be south of the metro, for Mankato. Waseca, Fairmont, Worthington, and Albert Lea. A few showers and a T-Storm may still rumbe in the metro through Friday morning.
Welcome to another shot of rain Friday for southern Minnesota.
A soggy warm front is gurgling north, and triggering another round of showers and T-Storms, mainy in the southern third of the state. Locally heavy downpours appear to be the main flavor of this system, hopefully with less severe weather than the onslaught we've endured the past 6 weeks.
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has NOT placed Minnesota under a risk for severe weather Friday.
Some of the rainfall could be on the heavy side in southern Minnesota. Various models crank out anywhere 1 to 2 inches of rainfall with this system south and west of the metro. There could be some isolated heavier amounts in slow moving storms.
For the metro, it looks like the best money is on under .25"of rain for most areas through Friday morning. As is always the case, if storms slow down or "train" over the same area, rainfall amounts could be locally higher.
Showers and thunderstorms are ongoing overnight and will move east and north Friday. It looks like most of the action will be on Friday morning, and a gradual trend toward drier skies will kick in Friday PM.
Saturday and Sunday look good, with one exception. The next wave may push showers and a few T-Storms into western Minnesota Sunday and into the east by as early as Sunday night.
All in all, the trend appears to favor fewer bouts of severe weather over the next week or so. If that verifies, it would be a welcome break for storm weary Minnesotans, and a few meteorologists I know!