Slightly cooler temps and less humidity will be appreciated

The state of Minnesota did see some relief from the drought with some rain that fell late last week. Sauk Centre picked up 2.23 inches of rain late Friday into early Saturday. Meanwhile, Elbow Lake reported 2.00 inches of rain. Other spots include: Brainerd 1.57 inches, Motley 1.57 inches, Garrison 1.33 inches, Litte Falls 1.19…

Possible change in our weather pattern early next week

Mark Anthony Meteorologist The highest temperatures on Sunday were found across northern Minnesota. Cook, Orr, Roseau, and International Falls all hit a warm 90 degrees. Most of the rest of the region, across west central, central, and northern Minnesota all were “cooler” with highs in the low- to mid-80s. We continued to experience hazy conditions…

Caring for trees in dry weather

By Matt Russell, Extension Forestry Specialist As of July 1, 2021, approximately 80% of Minnesota is experiencing at least a moderate drought. Severe drought conditions are prevalent in several western and southern Minnesota counties. Coupled with the month of June 2021 being the second hottest on record in Minnesota, trees are facing difficult conditions to…

Minnesota enters drought warning phase

DNR and partners are implementing next drought response steps With 52 percent of Minnesota now experiencing severe drought and 4 percent in extreme drought, the state has entered the drought warning phase. With this designation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others are taking additional steps. Current drought information, including details on areas…

Above-average temps and little precipitation makes a drought

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…

Partly cloudy with highs in the lower 90s and lows in the mid-60s

Mark Anthony Meteorologist Temperatures kicked off the month of July on a hot note. Over the 4th of July weekend, temperatures were in the 90s for much of the region. By Sunday, highs even climbed to near 100 degrees over western Minesota. Temperatures cooled down slightly on Monday and Tuesday, but they remained well above…

Mostly sunny and above average temps stay with us as July begins

By Mark Anthony, Meteorologist The region finally got some much needed rain over the weekend and on Monday. Over the weekend, Mankato received 4.38 inches of rain to hit the rainfall jackpot. Many other areas received an inch or more of rain over the weekend. Some locations that didn’t receive that much rain over the…

A pleasant weekend anticipated with upper 70s and lower 80s

It was nice to see some rain push across the state late Saturday into Sunday. Unfortunately, rainfall amounts weren’t enough, but it was a nice start. Duluth reported 1.02 inches of rain for the most reported by Sunday evening. Some other rainfall totals include .89 inches in Fertile, .81 inches in Hackensack, .64 inches in…

Look for some much needed rain Thursday and Sunday

By Mark Anthony Meteorologist After all the heat from last week we finally got some rain on Friday, and a break from the oppressive heat and humidity. Much of the region picked up some rain. The heaviest rain on Friday fell in northwestern Minnesota where an inch or more was reported around the Barnesville, Glyndon,…

Chance of scattered showers and storms with temps in the 80s

Mark Anthony Meteorologist It has been very hot across the region the past several days for this time of the year. We have seen record heat all across the Upper Midwest. High temperatures both Saturday and Sunday were extremely warm. On Sunday, temperatures hit the 90s throughout most of the region. Madison was the warm…