80 F. average high for June 19.
79 F. high temperature on June 19, 2011.
.61" rain yesterday at KMSP.
3.43" rain so far in June (.79" more than average, to date).
15 hours, 37 minutes of daylight today.
8 hours, 46 minutes of daylight on December 21.
Flash Flood Watch. Here is the latest from the local, Twin Cities, office of The National Weather Service:
FLOOD WATCH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 733 PM CDT TUE JUN 19 2012 ...HEAVY RAINFALL POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY... .A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA...ALONG WITH A SMALL PART OF WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH WEDNESDAY. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WATCH AREA INCLUDE LITTLE FALLS...MORA...ST. CLOUD...WILLMAR... HUTCHINSON...THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA...OWATONNA...RED WING...RIVER FALLS...NEW RICHMOND AND BALSAM LAKE. SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL OCCUR TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY AS A WARM FRONT LIFTS NORTH THROUGH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... FOLLOWED BY A COLD FRONT LATER TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL MAY OCCUR IN THE THUNDERSTORMS...WITH RAINFALL RATES OF 2 INCHES PER HOUR LIKELY. THE GROUND IS NEARLY SATURATED ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA...FROM PREVIOUS RAINFALL OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. REPEATED ROUNDS OF HEAVY RAIN WILL LEAD TO RAPID RUNOFF ALONG WITH FLASH FLOODING. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF 1 TO 3 INCHES...WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS AROUND 4 INCHES...ARE POSSIBLE BY LATE WEDNESDAY IN AREAS WHERE REPEATED ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS TRAIN.
Canadian Intrusions. Two cooler fronts are on the way to rescue us from the steamy, muggy conditions we enjoyed/endured yesterday. Front #1 arrives today with more showers and T-storms, some heavy. We cool off and dry out much of Thursday and Friday before Front #2 sparks a few T-showers Friday night into Saturday. A weak ridge of high pressure pushes into Minnesota Sunday, winds swing around to the northeast, and we dry out once again (in theory). GFS model above courtesy of NOAA.
Today's Severe Storm Potential. SPC has a small portion of central and northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan today, more hail and high winds possible.
Photo credit above: NASA/NOAA GOES Project.
Photo credit above: "This small boat, called EMILY, will be directed into the path of hurricanes this season to collect storm data." (Courtesy: Hydronalix Inc. / June 14, 2012)
Photo credit above: "Smoke rises beyond a pasture as the High Park wildfire continues to burn out of control near Livermore, Colo., on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The fire already has destroyed at least 189 homes since it was sparked by lightning June 9. Incident commander Bill Hahnenberg said it could be weeks or even months before it's finally controlled." (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Mark - I'd encourage you to scroll through older Star Tribune weather blogs, going back weeks or even months. I think you'll find that I try to include data, stories, photos and links from the entire state. I'm sensitive to a perceived "Twin Cities bias". The reality: 85% of the population does live in or near the Twin Cities, so (of course) we tend to spend more time on weather for MSP. But that doesn't mean we ignore weather in greater Minnesota. I get it: all weather is local. If you live in St. Cloud or Rochester you may not care about what's happening 50-100 miles away. It would be logistically impossible for me to tailor the blog for every town in Minnesota - as it is I spend 4-6 hours/day fine-tuning the stories, photos, links and extras that go into the daily blog. It's a never-ending beast, but I try to pick stories, maps and URL's that might appear to the most readers on any given day.
Sauna-Like. I should have been serving towels with yesterday's forecast: 93 in the Twin Cities, 92 at Redwood Falls, but only 81 at St. Cloud and a brisk 65 Grand Marais and International Falls (on the cool side of the front).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota (and western Wisconsin):
Photo credit above: thenationalguard/Flickr
Photo credit above: "Commercial and residential buildings stand in the financial district of Manhattan in this aerial photograph taken over New York." Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Photo credit above: "An 11-story unit in the North Sea traps excess carbon dioxide, which is then pumped into the ground. This method may cause earthquakes." (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times / June 18, 2012)