Tricounty News

Lots of rain fell in Minnesota

Weather: There were many graduation parties and wedding receptions this past weekend across Minnesota, and the weather was hit and miss for most of the festivities.

Parts of Minnesota had heavy rainfall Saturday, May 31, and other areas had only scattered showers. Nevertheless, it did cause many nervous brides and graduates.

There were flooding concerns because of the potential for heavy rainfall over the weekend and into the start of this week. As a result, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for much of Minnesota through early Monday.

In Scott County, the city of Jordan reported 4.10” of rain over the weekend. Near Redwood Falls in Redwood County 4.6” of rain was reported.

Kimball reported nearly 2” of rainfall over the weekend. Montevideo was close behind at 1.93” of rain.

Alexandria reported 1.38” of rain at the airport through Sunday night.

Morris had 1.78” of rain over the weekend. Elbow Lake wasn’t far off at 1.68” of rain.

Sebeka reported .82” of rain over the weekend. Cass Lake through Monday morning had 1.13” of rainfall. 

Menahga had heavier rainfall reported over the weekend with a grand total of 2.65”.

In addition, strong thunderstorm winds in Sherburne County toppled numerous trees Saturday.

Unfortunately, it looks like this Saturday we could experience more showers and thunderstorms. Lingering rainfall is possible for Sunday as well. Temperatures will be cooler than average this weekend.


Drier weather starting

Weather column
: I trust you had a fun and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. Temperatures over the long weekend were above average with highs generally in the mid to upper 70s with some lower 80s also reported across Minnesota.

We did see some scattered showers and thunderstorms over the weekend, but we certainly had a nice start to the weekend and the “unofficial” start of summer.

Friday, the region saw a generally mostly sunny sky during the afternoon as high pressure pushed into Minnesota. There were a few isolated showers early in the morning, but those quickly dissipated or stayed off to our west. It was a great day to be out on area lakes or playing a round of golf.

Saturday also started off pleasant, however, one of two weather disturbances that impacted the Upper Midwest over the weekend moved into Minnesota. Showers and thunderstorms were common across the area beginning late Saturday night into Sunday making some campers have to run for cover.

Drier weather did start to work its way back into Minnesota by Monday for Memorial Day. Highs again were generally above average across Minnesota.

Despite the fact that we did see some scattered showers over the weekend it could have been a much worse. Last year for Memorial Day we had a cool day with highs generally only in the lower 60s across Central and West Central Minnesota with clouds in abundance. Northern Minnesota had highs last year for Memorial Day only in the 50s.


Rain followed by warmer days

Weather: Heavy rain impacted most of Minnesota Monday. The rain and cloud cover also kept temperatures below average for the start of the week. 

Parts of Northern Minnesota were in the 30s for morning low temperatures Monday, May 19. Duluth was a chilly 37 degrees Monday morning.

Thankfully, Monday will be the wettest day of the week before we start to improve both in terms of rainfall and storminess, but also in regard to our temperatures.

After the storm system moved to the east by Monday night into Tuesday, it allowed for warmer temperatures and pleasant conditions Tuesday. Most of Minnesota enjoyed temperatures by Tuesday afternoon in the upper 60s and lower 70s. 


Mothers Day weekend and fishing opener had some showers

Weather: Despite the fact that we had some scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms over the Mother’s Day Weekend and for the start of the fishing opener, the weather certainly could have been much worse.

Much of the rain shower activity held off until the late afternoon or evening hours allowing for some decent weather during the morning and early afternoon for much of Minnesota. I was actually able to get out on Saturday and finally mow my lawn following all of the rain recently.


Meteor shower peaked Monday

Weather: Spring weather will be with us for much of the midweek with the threat of thunderstorms that could produce some severe weather. The best chance of severe weather appears to be along and south of I-94, but some thunderstorms will also be possible across parts of North Central Minnesota.

The main threat of these storms will be large hail and damaging winds. Also, brief heavy downpours are also possible through Thursday night that could produce some flooding. We can’t rule out a tornado as well with these storms. As always, keep an eye and an ear to changing weather conditions.