Tricounty News

More ample rainfall



By Mark Anthony,

Chief Meteorologist

Weather column: Much of Minnesota is starting to see "more ample" rainfall amounts. This has helped with the crops in parts of the state. Many parts of the Central Plains and Southwest U.S. are still very much in a drought situation, however.

I know, talking to a farmer friend of mine at church, he told me that the warm early spring allowed him to plant his wheat crop early. Coupled with the adequate rainfall amounts early in the season, he really had a nice yield of wheat this year. If he hadn't been able to plant so early, the heat and lack of rainfall later in the season would have gotten most of his crop. Farming sure is a gamble and a situation of getting just the right amount of warmth and rainfall "just when you need it...."

The week started off hot and humid once again, but now we are in store for some cooler conditions! It looks like cooler conditions will settle in for much of the weekend. Highs will feel nice and comfortable for a change, with highs over the weekend generally in the mid 70s! Lows overnight could actually drop into the 50s at times.

We might actually be able to spend some time outdoors and not work up a sweat for a change!

In case you haven't noticed, the days are getting much shorter. We are losing nearly three minutes of daylight each and every day! As a result, we are losing over 20 minutes of daylight a week now!

Have a great weekend!

Weather history: This week in weather history back in 1971, a cool spell moved across Minnesota. Temperatures were chilly as frost was reported in northern Minnesota and freezing temperatures reported as far south as Pipestone.

Weather fact: Frost is ice that is formed by the "condensation of atmospheric water vapor on a surface when the temperature of the surface is below 32°F (0°C)." In the formation of frost, a gas (water vapor) is changed directly to a solid.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 69 High 90

Duluth Low 67 High 87

Central Minn. Low 69 High 91

Twin Cities Low 72 High 94

Rochester Low 71 High 92

Marshall Low 70 High 93

Monday, July 30: Partly cloudy and hot with a 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 91 Low 66 Winds: SW/NW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.20"

Monday's sunrise: 6:05 a.m.

Monday's sunset: 8:48 p.m.

Normal High: 81

Normal Low: 61

A couple of weak disturbances will continue to impact the region before a stronger storm system pushes through by Friday or Saturday and could bring some thunderstorms to the state.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and a bit cooler. High 84 Low 66 Winds: NW 5 mph Prec. None

Friday: Partly cloudy, 30-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 81 Low 61 Winds:SE 5-15 mph Prec..20"-.60"

Saturday: Partly cloudy and cooler, showers/T-storms possible early in the day. High 72 Low 57 Winds: NW 5-10 mph. Prec. Trace-.20"

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 77 Low 60 Wind: NE 5-15 mph Prec. None