Tricounty News

Warmer temps later in week

Weather: An upper level low slowly moved southeast across the Upper Midwest on Tuesday and brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to Minnesota.

High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday were generally in the low- to mid-70s across the area. This was a few degrees cooler than average for this time of the year.

Some showers and thunderstorms could last into Wednesday and the midweek. However, the bulk of the moisture is expected to pass through the area by Wednesday morning.

Another system is expected to set up and arrive by Wednesday night into Thursday. At this stage, none of these disturbances are expected to have a great deal of moisture associated with them.

Temperatures will start to warm up later in the week as we head towards the weekend. With the warm temperatures, rain chances will also return with the best chance of showers and thunderstorms this week coming late Friday into Saturday. Temperatures will return to the low- to mid-80s over the weekend.


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.