Monday, May 25, 2009

Remembering those who sacrificed everything

(Update: 10:10 am). Doppler radar out of Grand Forks, ND shows moderate/heavy showers and T-storms over much of the Red River Valley. The strongest storms will be west of a line from Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls to Walker and Grand Rapids....a few hours of heavy rain for the Detroit Lakes area, but much of the day should be dry for the Brainerd Lakes region, where highs should still rise into the 70s with peeks of sun and a gusty southeast wind. In general expect sunnier, warmer conditions the farther south/east you go, toward the Twin Cities today. Rainfall amounts of 2-3"+ are possible over the northern third of Minnesota today, some minor flooding can't be ruled out).

(Check out some of the expected rainfall amounts over the northern third of Minnesota, generally north of Brainerd and Wadena - as much as 2-3", most of that rain falling today and tonight. A "train echo" effect is possible - just as cars of a train pass over the same section of track, these storms may pass - repeatedly - over the same northern counties today, resulting in some very significant amounts of rain, nearly a month's worth of rain in some communities. The result may be flash flooding as rainwater runs off into streets and streams. If you live in northern Minnesota in an area that is especially flood-prone you'll want to stay alert and be ready to move to safety if conditions warrant. Don't wait for a warning to take action).

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did." ~Benjamin Harrison

Weather Headlines

* Memorial Day: more wind, more clouds, but dry across much of Minnesota.

* Assuming even minimal sun afternoon temperatures should be a few degrees warmer than yesterday.

* Best chance of late-day T-storms: far western Minnesota, near the Dakota border.

* Strong winds today, blowing from the southeast at 10-20, a few gusts over 25 mph.

* Couple hours of showers, possible thunder Tuesday as a weak cool front moves through.

* Driest days: Thursday/Friday.

* Unsettled, showery weather returns next weekend, best chance of a few hours of showers/storms coming during the afternoon/evening hours.

Today's Forecast for Kabul, Afghanistan: Bright sunshine, windy. High: 78 Low: 53

Today's Forecast for Baghdad, Iraq: Blazing sun, hot. High: 102. Low: 78

Paul's Outlook

Today: Any sun gives way to increasing clouds, windier, but dry (T-storms possible far western and northwestern MN). Winds: SE 15-25. High: 76

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a better chance of a shower, especially west of St. Cloud. Low: 56

Tuesday; More clouds, a passing shower or T-shower (much of the day should be dry). High: 66

Wednesday: Leftover clouds, an isolated shower or two. High: 68

Thursday: More sun, turning milder again. High: 74

Friday: Sun giving way to increasing clouds late. High: 76

Saturday: Some sun, growing risk of showers, possible T-storms. High: 77

Sunday: Cloud-cluttered, better chance of a few hours of showers, possible thunder. High: 75

Monday: Still damp, another shower or two. High: 73

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