Tricounty News

Heat has arrived

: The heat was the big story Monday across Minnesota with heat indices in the 100- to 110-degree range. As a result, a heat advisory was posted for most of Minnesota. The Twin Cities metro was under an excessive heat warning for Monday into early Tuesday because of very oppressive heat.

Temperatures climbed into the low- to mid-90s with dew points in the lower 70s Monday afternoon across Central and West Central Minnesota. Parts of Western Minnesota even saw dew points in the lower 80s

All of this heat and humidity gave just the right ingredients for severe weather across parts of Minnesota Monday night.

The Storm Prediction Center had parts of Central and Northern Minnesota in an elevated category for severe weather for Monday night. The main threat was for straight-line winds of 60 to 80 mph and the possibility for tornadoes as well.

Drier and more comfortable weather returned by Tuesday as high pressure returned to the Upper Midwest. Daytime high temperatures will be back to more “normal” readings for this time of the year for the midweek.


Monday was chilly

Weather: Temperatures were chilly on Monday across Minnesota as an upper-level low brought cold and early spring or late fall temperatures.

Some spotty showers moved across the area on Monday afternoon over parts of West Central and Central Minnesota. Daytime high temperatures on Monday were only in the 50s and lower 60s. This was 20-25 degrees cooler than average for this time of the year.

Grand Marais had a cold start Monday morning, July 14, as they were the cold spot across Minnesota with a reading of just 42 degrees. This was only three degrees shy of the record low of 39 degrees set back in 2011 for Grand Marais.

Picture perfect weather will be with us for the midweek with daytime high temperatures in the low- to mid-70s common. In addition, light winds and low dew points will be with us as well. This should be another great day to be out on area lakes fishing, skiing, or just going for a nice boat ride!


Temps in 80s for weekend

Weather: I hope everyone had a fun 4th of July Weekend. The weather cooperated for the most part over the weekend with temperatures in the 80s and even lower 90s on both Saturday and Sunday.

Some scattered showers and thunderstorms moved across parts of Minnesota Saturday night bringing with it quite a lightning show at times.

The winds were a problem at times over the weekend, however, with gusts to around 35 mph
Sunday. This didn’t make for as pleasant conditions as many of you would have liked during the big weekend.

The good news was that the weather was pretty decent for most of the area for fireworks on both the 4th of July and over the weekend as thunderstorms held off when needed. Although “Mother Nature” had her own fireworks Saturday night into early Sunday morning.


What’s up for 4th of July?

: I had the pleasure of working the Vikingland Band Festival Parade Sunday, June 29, directing traffic with the Alexandria Police Department as a member of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse.

Bands from all over the state of Minnesota were on hand dealing with very strong winds at times.

It would have been a picture perfect day for the festival if the winds hadn’t been clocked at 39.1 mph during the event. Dew points and humidity levels were quite low with the temperature reaching the lower 80s Sunday.


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.