Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY: Drier day with some sun. Winds: WSW 5-15. High: 74
FRIDAY NIGHT: Thunder chances increasing late. Low: 57
SATURDAY: Warm front lifts north with showers and storms on it's leading edge. Some storms could be strong late. Winds: E 10-20. High: 73
SUNDAY: Hot sticky sun. Another unsettled day, strong thunderstorms possible. Winds: S 20+ Low: 60. High: nearing 90
MEMORIAL DAY: Cooler, maybe a few lingering showers. Winds: SW 15. Low: 63. High: 77
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, drying out. Low: 54. High: 70
WEDNESDAY: Still cool. Increasing chance of thunderstorms late. Low: 49. High: 68
THURSDAY: Lingering clouds and light rain, cool temps. Low: 54. High: 66
NWS Green Bay reports: Record Warm Spring Continues
How do I find specific rainfall totals for the area I live in (Mendota Heights). You have the NAM graph but sometimes it’s difficult to know the exact amounts.
Do I need to purchase a rain gauge?
Thanks for the question Matt. The National Weather Service receives weather reports from reporting stations (such as airports), trainers weather spotters and weather observers. The list of rainfall totals are released by the National Weather Service and are relayed to the public. The recent list of rainfall totals can be found HERE: If you don't see weather reports from your area and would like to know, you can always become a weather spotter yourself! The National Weather Service has a Coop Observing program and they're always looking for more observers! See HERE:
Hope that answered your question,
Last Friday May 18th I was camping on Leech Lake. The weather was unsettled to say the least. We already had one thunder storm come up out of the SE in the afternoon. In the evening another one came up east of the campground and went over the east side of the lake. The wind came up within a minute or two. Over the lake we could see a large anvil head with what looked like a water fall coming off of it. In side the water fall was a white spinning feature running from top to bottom. It was probably 10,000' high. I thought it was a water spout embedded in the hard rain. Do you have any thoughts what it might have been?
Dan, it's hard to say exactly what you saw without seeing it myself. Did it look anything like the image below? I pulled the storm report map from the 18th and it showed several hail and high wind reports across the state and as far north as Lake Mille Lacs and Bemidji. There were no tornado reports, but the damaging wind reports from out of the Bemidji area suspected a downburst as a 100yd row of trees was laid down. The leading edge of storms producing damaging straight line winds can sometimes produce what is known as a gustnado. The gustando develops on the front side of the storm and tends to be very weak, while the tornado or water spout would develop near the back of the storm.
Hope that helps,