Now that's a good soaker!
Our latest weather system has been a productive rainmaker. Most areas in southern Minnesota have picked up over an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, with several areas coming in with 2" to nearly 3" totals in south central Minnesota.
Here the list so far:
-Huttner weather lab (west metro) 1.42"
-MSP Airport 1.16"
-Eden Prairie 1.52"
ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN
DLH : DULUTH MN : 74 / 54 / 0.03
INL : INTERNATIONAL FALLS MN : 78 / 54 / 0.01
MSP : MINNEAPOLIS MN : 80 / 58 / 1.16
RST : ROCHESTER MN : 75 / 57 / 1.44
STC : ST CLOUD MN : 77 / 58 / 0.30
AXN : ALEXANDRIA MN : 75 / 58 / 0.56
GNA : GRAND MARAIS MN : 61 / 50 / 0.00
HIB : HIBBING MN : 76 / 53 / 0.03
RWF : REDWOOD FALLS MN : 72 / 59 / 1.48
ALBM5: ALBERT LEA MN : DH0800/ 71 / 59 / 1.21
ADVM5: ANDOVER MN : DH0600/ 78 / 57 / 0.89
BTHM5: BLUE EARTH MN : DH0600/ 70 / 60 / 2.58
BUFM5: BUFFALO MN : DH0630/ 75 / 56 / 0.88
CFAM5: CANNON FALLS MN : DH0615/ 77 / 55 / 1.03
CLSM5: CARLOS MN : DH0540/ M / M / 0.58
CRVM5: CARVER MN : DH0641/ M / M / 1.55
MPXM5: CHANHASSEN WFO : DH0707/ 77 / 56 / 1.67
CHKM5: CHASKA NW MN : DH0700/ 77 / 56 / 1.53
ELKM5: ELK RIVER MN : DH0700/ 78 / 57 / 1.08
FIRM5: FAIRMONT MN : DH0700/ 75 / 56 / 2.40
FBTM5: FARIBAULT MN : DH0700/ 76 / 58 / 1.98
ZMPM5: FARMINGTON CWSU : DH0700/ M / M / 1.72
FORM5: FOREST LAKE MN : DH0700/ 80 / 56 / 0.66
HAMM5: HAMBURG MN : DH0800/ M / M / 1.49
HSTM5: HASTINGS L/D MN : DH0600/ 75 / 57 / 1.13
JORM5: JORDAN MN : DH0530/ 77 / 56 / 1.28
LSTM5: LESTER PRAIRIE MN : DH0700/ M / M / 1.71
LNGM5: LONG PRAIRIE MN : DH0600/ 73 / 57 / 0.49
MADM5: MADISON MN : DH0800/ 72 / 59 / 0.02
MLCM5: MILACA MN : DH0730/ 76 / 57 / 0.61
MNPM5: MINNEAPOLIS MN : DH0600/ M / M / 1.04
LSAM5: LWR ST ANTHONY MN : DH0600/ M / M / 1.20
MVDM5: MONTEVIDEO MN : DH0700/ 72 / 59 / 0.53
MRAM5: MORA MN : DH0700/ 78 / 52 / 0.43
MRRM5: MORRIS MN : DH0800/ 75 / 58 / 0.44
NUMM5: NEW ULM 3 SE MN : DH0800/ 72 / 59 / 2.42
NMAM5: NORTH MANKATO : DH0700/ 71 / 58 / 2.35
RDWM5: RED WING L/D MN : DH0600/ 77 / 57 / 0.68
REWM5: REDWOOD FALLS MN : DH0500/ 73 / 59 / 1.48
RCEM5: RICE MN : DH0700/ 77 / 57 / 0.67
RFDM5: ROCKFORD MN : DH0749/ M / M / 0.74
SCSM5: ST CLOUD ST MN : DH0700/ M / M / 0.47
SHRM5: SHERBURN MN : DH0700/ 66 / 60 / 1.96
SFDM5: SPRINGFIELD MN : DH0707/ M / M / 2.29
WACM5: WACONIA MN : DH0821/ M / M / 1.47
WASM5: WASECA MN : DH0800/ 75 / 58 / 2.11
WTTM5: WATERTOWN MN : DH0821/ M / M / 1.15
WELM5: WELLS MN : DH0800/ 71 / 61 / 2.60
WLDM5: WILD RVR ST PARK : DH0800/ 80 / 57 / 0.48
: IN WISCONSIN
AGSW3: AUGUSTA WI : DH0800/ 79 / 56 / 0.40
BMRW3: BLOOMER WI : DH0800/ 80 / 56 / 0.40
BALW3: BALDWIN WI : DH0700/ 77 / 57 / 0.77
MNOW3: CEDAR FALLS HYDRO : DH0700/ M / M / 1.08
CHPW3: CHIPPEWA FALLS WI : DH0800/ M / M / 0.57
ELKW3: ELK MOUND WI : DH0801/ M / M / 0.85
JIMW3: JIM FALLS WI : DH0600/ 78 / 55 / 0.29
ROBW3: ROBERTS WI : DH0800/ M / M / 0.89
SCFW3: ST CROIX FALLS WI : DH0700/ 80 / 59 / 0.58
STAW3: STANLEY WI : DH0800/ 79 / 57 / 0.00
While heavy, the rainfall was welcome for much of the area which has picked up only a few hundredths of an inch so far in June.
June is our wettest month on average in Minnesota with about 4" of rain in a typical June. This rainfall of 1.16" so far at MSP Airport still leaves the metro about .73" short of average this month.
Rain shifts north today:
The upper low spinning through will push the rain shield slowly north today. Look for the most consistent rain to fall north of the metro...St. Cloud, Mille Lacs, Mora, Hinckley and Duluth will see more steady rainfall today.
Rainfall will be more spotty from the metro south, as slightly drier air begins to work in from Iowa.
The upper low responsible for the rain will lift slowly north through Thursday, and a weak ridge of high pressure will build in. That should bring an end to the rain for now, and sunshine will return and help boost temps to near 80 in southern Minnesota Thursday.
June like weekend:
The weekend ahead looks like classic June. That means a mixed bag of sunshine, clouds and some occasional rain & thunder.
Timing is still uncertain at this point, but the best chance for scattered showers & some thunder appears to be late Friday PM/evening, and maybe again Saturday night into early Sunday AM.
In between it may feel a bit more summery at times, with temps near 80 this weekend.
Monday may get a bit stormy as the main low pressure system finally swings through Minnesota.
There are still signs that more consistent heat may build in the last week of June.
Dry spell helped farmers:
This week's Minnesota Crop Report highlights 6 days in the past week suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota. That's the first time this wet spring that farmers have been able to spend that much time in the field. Planting is nearly complete now thanks to the recent dry weather.
The details in this week's crop report.
LIMITED RAIN AIDS IN CROP PLANTING AND DEVELOPMENT
"Limited precipitation allowed planting to near
completion for several crops, according to the
USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office. As of
June 12, planting of barley, green peas, and
potatoes was virtually complete at 98 percent or
greater. Planting of dry beans, sweet corn, and
sunflowers advanced at least 19 percentage
points, though all three crops remained behind
last year and average. Six days were rated
suitable for fieldwork statewide, the highest
number so far this year."
I have a couple questions:
When weather reports say "west winds at 10-15 mph" or something like that, does it mean the wind is coming FROM the west, or going TOWARD the west? In today's weather report on another page of this site it says something like "winds changing to the west." Does that mean winds will change to coming FROM the west or change to going TO the west?
Also, the humidity feels REALLY high to me today, but I looked at the current report and it says the dew point is only 54 (feels 10 points higher to me), but the humidity is 90%, which sounds about right for how it feels. I haven't been paying much attention to the humidity number for the last couple years since meteorologists mostly refer to dew points now, so I may be remembering this incorrectly, but it seems that 90% humidity would make for a higher dew point number. What's up with that?
I have a question, too! I like looking at the NWS radar images, and intuitively, they make some sense, but I don't really understand what they are showing. Could you do a post sometime, explaining "base reflectivity," and giving some information about how to read those images? Thanks!
(Jamie, west winds come FROM the west)