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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.

Another area of low pressure moved across Minnesota on Monday and brought additional rain and some isolated thunderstorms to the region. Temperatures were on the cool side for the start of the week.

Drier air will continue to work its way into Minnesota by the midweek as surface high pressure will allow for sunshine and a northerly wind. This will continue to usher in cool weather all the way into the weekend. 

A weak upper-level trough could generate a stray shower on Wednesday and Thursday, but most areas will remain dry. 

A warm front is expected to arrive by Sunday and temperatures should be back to near normal readings for this time of the year. An isolated shower or thunderstorm is again possible by Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening.

If you are a sky watcher, look for a full moon on Wednesday. Also, look for Saturn to its upper right. Once the Moon is well up after dark, look for Antares and the other stars of upper Scorpius below it as well. 

Finally, the name of the full moon for the month of May is the “Full Flower Moon.” Obviously, this is the time of the year for flowers to bloom.

Have a great midweek!

Weather history: On this date in 1998 “severe thunderstorms hit many areas of Minnesota.” Baseball-sized hail caused damage at International Falls. Also, a “tornado hit a flea market in Albany, killing one person and 30 people were injured.” 

Weather fact: The states that typically have the “highest hail risk include Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 37 High 58

Duluth Low  32 High 54

Central Minn. Low 35 High 55

Twin Cities Low 40 High 63

Rochester Low 37 High 63

Marshall Low 37 High 60

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light rain. High 55 Low 35 Wind: NW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”

Today’s sunrise: 5:49 a.m.

Today’s sunset: 8:46 p.m.

Normal High: 69

Normal Low: 44

It will be a cool week with temperatures from five to 15 degrees cooler than average. Drier weather will return by Wednesday evening and linger through much of the weekend. A warm-front will arrive by Sunday and temperatures will be near average with a slight chance of rain returning by Sunday.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, an isolated shower is possible. High 56 Low 35 Winds: N 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 58 Low 38 Winds: NE 5-10 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 61 Low 42 Winds: E 5-10 mph Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers. High 64 Low 48 Winds: SE 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”