On the heels of the historic flooding in northeast Minnesota we will find ourselves knee- deep in heat by the middle of the week. Enjoy this delightful summer day as the temperatures steadily climb to a peak in the lower and middle 90s on Wednesday afternoon.
Significant rainfall is not seen for Minnesota this week but the chance for showers increases over the weekend.
Last week I visited with Steve Buan of NOAA's North Central River Forecast Center. We chatted about the disastrous rainfall in Duluth. We recalled the flash flood events of recent years, including southeast Minnesota, northern Iowa and southern WIsconsin in June 2008 -- which included Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Zumbro River and Lake Delton, Wisconsin. Read more about the June 2008 flooding here.
Nashville, Tenn. was devastated by a two-day flash flood event in May 2010. The details on this heavy rainfall event can be probed from this link.
Our hydrologic banter concluded with the question, "What city will be next to experience flooding rains?" A flood expert with the NWS in Indianapolis shared two observations with me in the 1980s: A drought is often broken by a flood and a rainfall of six inches or more occurs somewhere in Indiana every summer.
Tropical Storm Debby remains off the coast of the Florida panhandle. Computer models suggest the storm's circulation will not strengthen into a hurricane. Forecasters are keeping an eye on the potential rainfall in the southeast portion of the country. At 5 a. m. EDT the winds in Pensacola, FL were from the north at 13 mph.
Find a cool spot early on Wednesday.
Posted at 4:47 PM on June 25, 2012
by Bill Endersen
Monday has been the fifth consecutive day with little or no rain for most of Minnesota. There have been some showers in the north, mainly near Duluth, but amounts have been mainly less than a half-inch.
While last week's rains created so much mayhem in northeastern Minnesota centered around Duluth, there has been some beauty as well. Rivers, creeks and streams running so high l have sent some waterfalls into the "look-at-me" mode. Minnehaha Falls in south Minneapolis was putting on a lovely show over the weekend.
Tomorrow will be sunny and dry again. Expect highs from the upper 70s to the 80s. The Twin Cities should warm to about 80 degrees.
Hot and sticky weather will return on Wednesday with highs climbing into the 80s in northern Minnesota and 90s in the central and southern sections. Unpleasant dew points will rise well into the 60s and some low 70s.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Debby is a large storm moving extremely slowly northeastward over the Gulf of Mexico. Florida has been drenched and flooded and will get more and more rain. Tallahassee has been getting a lot of heavy rain today. Forecasts are for 10 to 20 inches of rain total with local spots possibly getting 25 inches before it all ends. As of now, Debby is expected to track eastward across northern Florida on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
In much of the west, a critical wildfire danger situation has expanded into more states. Areas included in the Red Flag Warning extend from Oregon, extreme eastern California and Nevada east to Kansas, and from Montana in the north to southern Colorado in the south. Hot, dry weather has been accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Other fires are likely in interior Alaska where thunderstorms develop on many of their very long summer days.
Our evenings are at their longest of the year. Sunset at Winona in the southeast will be at 8:54 p.m. today but not until 9:35 p.m. at Hallock way up in the northwest. Sunset in St. Paul will be at 9:03 p.m. Pipestone will get theirs at 9:12 p.m.
For early risers in upcoming days and into July, look for a bright pairing of Jupiter above Venus low in the east-northeastern sky before sunrise.