Mark Anthony Meteorologist
The United States Drought Monitor was updated most recently late last week, and it shows that almost all of Greater Minnesota is dealing with a severe drought. A few spots in western Minnesota, such as Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Grant, Otter Tail, Traverse, and Wilkin are dealing with a moderate drought. The rest of the region is experiencing a severe drought at this time.
Despite the fact that we have picked up some rain recently, it has not been enough to make up for our large deficit. Some locations are five to eight inches below the normal rainfall totals for the year.
We do have an opportunity for some rain on Wednesday as a cold front is expected to push across the region. We have the potential for a quarter to half-inch of rain through Wednesday night. This is not the kind of rainfall amounts that we desperately need for the state, but we will certainly take it if it comes our way.
I know this isn’t the news most of you want to hear, but the 8-14 Day Outlook continues to call for above average temperatures and below average precipitation.
Please keep hoping and praying for some more rain for our area farmers before it is too late this season.
Weather history: On this date in 1936 records show that the “all-time record was reported in the Twin Cities.” A sizzling 108 degrees was reported in downtown Minneapolis.
Weather facts: Older adults, children, and sick or overweight people are at a “greater risk from extreme heat.”
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 64 High 79
Duluth Low 60 High 72
Central Minn. Low 65 High 74
Twin Cities Low 68 High 79
Marshall Low 65 High 74
Rochester Low 66 High 80
Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 50% chance of showers/t-storms. High 74 Low 62 Winds: ESE 10-15 mph Prec. .20”-.50”
Today’s sunrise: 5:45 a.m.
Today’s sunset: 9:08 p.m.
Normal High: 81
Normal Low: 61
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible on Wednesday as a cold front is expected to push across the state of Minnesota. Some spotty lingering rain will be possible into Thursday.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, 30% chance of rain. High 81 Low 62 Wind: N 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”
Friday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High 85 Low 65 Wind: S 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 87 Low 66 Wind: SE 10-15 mph Prec. None
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 88 Low 66 Wind: ESE 10-15 mph Prec. None