Tricounty News

Sunday saw lots of rain

Weather column: I hope you had a great weekend despite the fact that Sunday was basically a washout as heavy rain fell across the region. Some parts of the state even saw record rainfall for that date.

Reports of one to four inches were common across much of Central and West Central Minnesota. I heard from a listener that they received more than eight inches of rainfall near the Alexandria area over the weekend.

Drier air finally worked its way back into Minnesota on Monday morning. A ridge of high pressure pushed the front further to the north allowing for a clearing sky and warmer temperatures returning to much of the state.

High pressure should keep most of the state quiet with highs average or slightly above average for this time of the year. In fact, by Wednesday temperatures could be near 90 degrees for much of the area.

A frontal boundary system will arrive by Wednesday night into Thursday bringing the threat of some thunderstorms to Minnesota. A few of these could be on the strong side. Stay alert to the possibility of large hail and damaging winds accompanying these cells.

Drier air will settle-in for Friday. At this stage it looks like a pretty decent weekend shaping up with temperatures near normal. Average highs are now in the lower 80s for much of Minnesota. Typical lows now average in the lower 60s!

Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!

Weather history: On this date in 1964 temperatures were near 100 degrees across much of Central and West Central Minnesota. Alexandria topped out at a record 98 degrees!

Weather fact: Rainbows are simply beautiful “multicoloured arcs of light in the sky.” Rainbows occur when it’s both raining and the sun is shining simultaneously. To see a rainbow, you must “stand with your back to the sun, otherwise it will not be visible.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 71 High 88

Duluth Low 65  High 84

Central Minn. Low 72 High 88

Twin Cities Low 75 High 91

Rochester Low 74 High 91

Marshall Low 74 High 90

Monday, July 15: Partly cloudy and warm. 20-percent chance of thunderstorms by the evening. High 88 Low 72 Winds: SW 5-10 Prec. Trace-.25”

Monday’s sunrise: 5:46 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 9:06 p.m.

Normal High: 83

Normal Low: 63

Warm and humid conditions will be with us for the midweek along with a chance of showers and thunderstorms developing by Wednesday night into Thursday. Heat indices could reach the low to mid 90s for Wednesday.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 86 Low 68 Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Prec. .10”-.60”

Friday: Clearing sky, 20-percent chance of showers/T-storms mainly early. High 84 Low 59 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Prec.
Trace-.20”

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 81 Low 57 Winds: N 5-10 Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 40-percent chance of showers/T-storms mainly late. High 82 Low 63 Wind: SE 5-10 mph Prec. .10”-.40”