Tricounty News

Summer solstice Saturday

Weather: Heavy rainfall is causing flooding concerns across Minnesota. Last weekend three to six inches of rainfall fell across a good share of Central, West Central, and Northern Minnesota.

In addition, Saturday, winds of 50 to 70 mph were reported across parts of Minnesota causing some trees to be toppled.

More rain arrived Monday causing additional flood concerning. Parts of Northern Minnesota have had to do some sandbagging to keep rivers and lakes from impacting homes and cottages near International Falls.

A warm front followed by a cold front will arrive first of all on Wednesday. Rain chances will increase Wednesday night into Thursday as that cold front will slide through that warm and moist air. This will be the focus of some additional thunderstorms across the Upper Midwest.


There may be rain for Father’s Day


: An upper level low brought some showers across parts of Southern Minnesota Monday to start off this week. Most of Central and Northern Minnesota, however, enjoyed some sunshine.

This system moved out of Minnesota by Monday evening allowing for pleasant weather state-wide for Monday night into Tuesday as high pressure returned to the region.

For Wednesday, our next storm system will arrive bringing a good chance of showers and thunderstorms to the Upper Midwest. A few of these cells could be on the strong side and produce heavy rainfall, strong winds, and hail.

Lingering showers and thunderstorms will be with us for Thursday mainly early in the day. Temperatures will be on the cool-side for Thursday as a northerly flow will drive in some chillier air.

Another system sets up as we head into the Father’s Day Weekend. Rain chances will return late Friday. However, the best chance of showers and thunderstorms will be with us Saturday at this stage.


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.