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.