80 F. average high for June 18.
72 F. high last year, on June 18, 2011.
Severe risk today: much of Minnesota is in a "slight risk" area, including the Twin Cities.
93-95 F. predicted high today; a dew point close to 72 F. will make it feel like upper 90s by afternoon.
1.09" rain reported from 7 pm Sunday to 7 pm Monday.
18.67" rain since January 1 (6.6" above average, to date).
...HEAVY RAINFALL POSSIBLE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY... .A FLASH FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA ALONG WITH A SMALL PART OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN FROM TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WATCH AREA INCLUDE LITTLE FALLS...MORA...ST. CLOUDY...WILLMAR... HUTCHINSON...THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA...OWATONNA... RED WING...RIVER FALLS...NEW RICHMOND AND BALSAM LAKE. SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL OCCUR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY AS A WARM FRONT LIFTS NORTH ACROSS THE AREA ON TUESDAY FOLLOWED BY A COLD FRONT TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL MAY OCCUR IN THE THUNDERSTORMS WITH RAINFALL RATES OF 2 INCHES AN HOUR LIKELY. THE GROUND IS QUITE WET FROM PREVIOUS RAINFALL OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS AND REPEATED ROUNDS OF HEAVY RAIN WILL LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT RUNOFF ALONG WITH FLASH FLOODING. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY LATE WEDNESDAY IN AREAS WHERE REPEATED ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS TRAIN.
I was wondering about the lightning (Sunday) night that I noted in the east-southeast skies, if it was lightning. I woke up and could not figure out what the flashing lights were. When I looked outside it appeared to be lightning of some type, but it was not like any type of lightning I have seen before. I haven't heard anything on the weather reports about it so I thought you might be able to help.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: