Minnesota May Rain
Besides the wet period we had in the Twin Cities between the 9th and 13th, May has been pretty dry across many areas of the state. The heaviest rain so far this month has been in parts of southwest Minnesota, where some rain gauges have recorded between 2-4″ of rain. Through Sunday, the largest rain so far this month was 4.09″ reported three miles WSW of Sherburn.
This May is starting off as one of the driest on record for some areas of the upper Midwest. In Fargo, the 0.08″ of rain they received through the first 22 days of May was the third driest start to the month on record (the driest was 0.04″ in 1980). The 0.38″ received through Sunday in International Falls ranks it as the sixth driest start to May on record (driest: 0.07″ in 1917).
The less than two inches of rain that we’ve seen so far this month across a good chunk of the upper Midwest is a good 1-2″ below average from where we should be. Remember that this doesn’t take into account any rain that fell Monday. The rain that comes this week should help put a dent into the rainfall deficit that we’ve been running.
By: Paul Douglas
A NOAA Weather Radio works great at home or the office, but when you’re mobile how do know when violent weather is approaching? Put that shiny supercomputer in your pocket (smartphone) to good use. There are now apps that send warnings directly to your phone, based on your GPS-location.
Review an action plan with your family. “Where would you go if this was the real deal?” A little paranoia goes a long way.
We will be in a volatile, tropical pattern into next week with numerous showers & T-storms. No major severe outbreak is imminent, but models print out 2-3 inches of rain by Memorial Day.
Wednesday and Saturday look like the wettest days; with light steering winds aloft storms may linger, increasing the risk of isolated flash flooding. Throw in orange construction cones and you have a party on the freeway!
Take it easy out there; the thundery days of summer are here.
WEDNESDAY: More showers and T-storms. High: 75. Low: 63. Chance of precipitation: 80%. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.
THURSDAY: Another break, intervals of sun. High: 80. Low: 63. Chance of precipitation: 20%. Wind: W 10-15 mph.
FRIDAY: Unsettled & sticky, few T-storms. High: 77. Low: 62. Chance of precipitation: 50%. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
SATURDAY: Wettest day of the holiday weekend. High: 76. Low: 63. Chance of precipitation: 90%. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
SUNDAY: Some sun, instability T-storm. High: 80. Low: 63. Chance of precipitation: 40%. Wind: SW 8-13 mph.
MONDAY: Probably the sunniest, driest day. High: 83. Low: 64. Chance of precipitation: 20%. Wind: W 7-12 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1925: After seeing a high of 99 degrees two days earlier, the Twin Cities picks up a tenth (.10) of an inch of snow.
1908: Tornadoes hit the counties of Martin and Blue Earth.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 72F (Record: 95F set in 2010)
Average Low: 51F (Record: 32F set in 1925)
Average Precipitation: 0.11″ (Record: 2.58″ set in 2012)
Average Snowfall: 0.0″ (Record: 0.1″ in 1925)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
May 24thSunrise: 5:35 AM
Sunset: 8:46 PM
*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 10 minutes and 51 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~1 mins & 53 secs
*Next Sunrise That Is Before 5:30 AM: June 1st (5:29 AM)
*Next Sunset That Is After 9 PM: June 13th (9:01 pm)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
With moisture streaming north in the central United States, we’ll be watching numerous showers and storms as we head through the next few days – some of which could be strong to severe – across this part of the county. Elsewhere, a storm will be pushing off the eastern seaboard Tuesday into Wednesday.
SCS = Severe Convective Storms.
From Time.com: Head distiller Caley Shoemaker is pictured a the Hangar 1 distillery on Alameda, named for a building on the old naval air base where it was founded. Credit: Sam Kweskin