Friday, May 29, 2009

Salvaging MOST of the weekend

(update: 4:30 pm). Doppler radar shows a band of light/moderate showers streaking southeastward, reaching St. Cloud by 5 pm, into the Twin Cities between 7 and 7:30, capable of 10-15 minutes worth of rain and some gusty winds. Earlier, there was evidence of some lightning, even pea-size hail within a few of these cells, but a lack of moisture (fuel) near the ground is going to limit how intense these storms become. The better chance of strong/severe storms will come Sunday PM hours - much of northwestern MN is under a "slight risk" of isolated severe storms. Keep that in mind as you plan your outdoor activities on Sunday, it may get a little rough out there later in the day.

Weather Headlines

* A few evening showers between 7 and 8 pm, 20 minutes of rain, not much rainfall expected, maybe .01 to .05".

* Damp start early Saturday, but the sun should be out much of the day, low humidity, a fresh northwest breeze at 10-20 mph under a mostly-blue sky. Not bad at all with highs in the low 70s by 4 pm.

* Next chance of showers/T-storms comes late Sunday and Sunday night, a few may be severe, especially northwestern and central MN.

* Weekend temperatures should run a few degrees below average (mostly 60s for highs up north).

* Dry the first half of next week, but more showers/storms return by next Thursday and Friday.

* Potential for a partly-puddly spell of weather next weekend.

Paul's Outlook

Tonight: A few evening showers. Low: 54

Saturday: Plenty of sun, breezy and pleasant. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 72

Saturday night: Mostly clear, comfortable. Low: 50

Sunday: Warm sun much of the day. More showers, possible thunder late Sunday and Sunday night. A few strong/severe storms can't be ruled out late. High: 81

Monday: Lingering showers, possibly heavy. Then gradual clearing. High: 72

Tuesday: Mix of clouds and sun, a little cooler than average for June 2. High: 73

Wednesday: Lingering sun, still quite pleasant. High: near 70

Thursday: Growing chance of showers and T-storms. High: 75

The National Weather Service has some great web resources. This is one of them, an hour by hour forecast of cloud cover, temperature, dew point, wind direction and speed, and a probability of precipitation. For the very latest information click here. Trust me, this is one site you may want to bookmark for future viewing!

48-Hour Period Starting:


Hour (CDT)010203040506070809101112131415161718192021222300
Temperature (°F)626158545149535660636769717273747473727067656361
Dewpoint (°F)414040403940404141424445464645444342414142434344
Wind Chill (°F)


Wind (mph)887776666666677788888776

Sky Cover (%)676664646566676662595552505049484747464851545760
Pcpn. Potential (%)202020252525171717171717131313131313222222222222
Rel. Humidity (%)454751576468615551474342413937343333333540454853
Freezing Rain------------------------------------------------


Hour (CDT)010203040506070809101112131415161718192021222300
Temperature (°F)605857565555566063666971737475767675747168656361
Dewpoint (°F)454546464646464544434241414141424343444444444444
Wind Chill (°F)

Wind (mph)6666666791013141515141413111098765

Sky Cover (%)616263646154504948474644444342413938373738383838
Pcpn. Potential (%)222222222222141414141414111111111111121212121212
Rel. Humidity (%)586267697272695850433734313029303132343842465053
Freezing Rain------------------------------------------------

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