Posted at 8:32 AM on August 30, 2011
by Paul Huttner
Radars are lighting up with scattered showers today around Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
A warm front is pushing north, and scattered showers and maybe a stray T-Storm or two will wander the state today. The watchwords for Tuesday's shower activity will be "scattered" and generally "light."
Most areas will see between, .10" and .25" of rainfall today. Scattered locations may see around .50" or more. Here the thinking on the rainfall totals from NOAA's HPC.
We've been running dry, so the rainfall will be welcomed in many areas.
Roller Coaster week ahead!
Today's showers are being triggered by a warm front pushing in from the southwest. After the front lifts north early Wednesday, southerly winds will pump in a return of summertime warmth and humidity.
Look for highs to return to the 80s with more humidity as dew points climb back toward 70 degrees by Thursday. Thursday will feel like July again! Highs may touch 90 in southern Minnesota.
Labor Day Weekend weather shocker: Fall like cold front ahead?
This may be a shock to the system.
After we've bathed in warmer than average temps for the past 3 months, it looks like temperatures may crash this weekend on gusty northwest winds.
Forecast models are saying a potent looking low pressure system will develop right over Minnesota this weekend. That means a likely shot of rain, and the season's first strong late summer (early meteorological fall!) cold front will slam south by Sunday.
Sunday is looking wet, windy and raw at this point, with highs only in the 60s and a gusty northwest wind making it feel like....gulp...50s up north?
With lows in the 40s by Labor Day morning, some parts of Minnesota may go from AC to heat in just over 72 hours!
It's still early, but get ready for some potentially big & chilly weather changes this weekend!
The next Hurricane is rapidly developing in the eastern Atlantic.
Tropical Storm Katia is expected to become Hurricane Katia in the next 36 hours.
The forecast models at this point keep Katia out to sea, and portray a track that may recurve her into the North Atlantic before a U.S landfall.
Keep in mind it is still a long way out...and anything is possible. It's too early to reliably say for sure if Katia is a potential threat to the USA...or not..