Saturday, June 20, 2009

June the way it was meant to be

Summer arrives (officially) Sunday morning at 12:45 am. The Summer Solstice - a glimmer of twilight on the northwestern horizon at 11:30 pm! Sunday is also Father's Day, so give dad a break. Suspend the honey-do list for one day. Lawn-mowing should be optional. Let him crash on the hammock or maybe his favorite recliner and watch Speed Channel as long as he wants. Enjoy the weekend - we've been waiting a long time for a spell of weather this good.

Rainfall estimates (based on Doppler) for last week. I know, it's a little hard seeing state and county borders, but you can make out bands of 2-4" rains over much of central and parts of central MN, from Alexandria and St. Cloud into parts of the Twin Cities. Many counties across central MN need another 2-4" to pull out of our current dry spell, but as I said on KTCA's "Almanac" program Friday evening I think we've turned a big corner, we are definitely in a wetter, warmer weather period - and farmers should be cautiously optimistic that conditions will improve.

NAM/WRF computer prediction for 7 pm this evening, showing a weak ridge of high pressure over Minnesota, implying fair skies, light winds and temperatures a few degrees above average. Today should be the nicer day of the weekend statewide.

The same computer model for 7 pm Sunday. Although the brunt of the moisture passes just south of Minnesota you can see evidence of a possible shower/T-storm band entering central Minnesota by late afternoon or evening, the best chance of a shower after 3 or 4 pm. Up north the lakes region should stay dry much of the day, but more clouds may keep temperatures a couple degrees cooler than today.

Today: Warm sunshine, light winds and slightly lower humidity levels. Winds: W/NW 5-10. High: 87

Tonight: Clear and comfortably cool. Low: 61

Sunday: Sunshine through early afternoon. A PM T-storm can't be ruled out. Winds: SE 5-15. High: 85

Monday: Hot, sticky - very humid with scattered T-storms. High: 91

Tuesday: Still stuffy and plenty hot with T-storms (most likely far north). High: 92

Wednesday: Early shower, then increasingly sunny, less humid (cooler too!) High: 82

Thursday: Bright sun, very pleasant. High: 84

Friday: Sunshine fades by afternoon. Late-day T-storms possible. High: 83

Saturday: Some sun, humid. A few passing showers, possible thunder High: 82

Sunday (June 28). Sunnier, probably drier. High: 85

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