By Paul Douglas
"It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain" said Mark Twain. And no, you can't please all the people all the time. Don't waste your breath. Farmers & gardeners want rain, the rest of us want to nibble at our alligator-on-a-stick out at the State Fairgrounds without having to do the backstroke in the parking lot.
According to the Drought Monitor 52 percent of Minnesota is abnormally dry; 36 percent of the state in a moderate drought or worse. Yes, it's hard to whine about rain, even on a Saturday. An eastbound front sparks a few hours of showers and T-storms today; not an all-day washout, but have a Plan B.
Winds shift to the northwest tomorrow, the sun returns with dropping dew points and low 80s. A more lake-worthy day. No puffs of late September this week; highs in the 80s to near 90 by late week. The next chance of storms? Next weekend.
While we wrestle with umbrellas residents of Florida are keeping a wary eye on Isaac. Coastal flooding is possible in the Naples/Ft. Myers area, but Tampa should avoid a direct hit. The Florida Panhandle may not be so lucky; 80-100 mph winds and a 4-8 foot storm surge possible there by Tuesday night. Stay tuned.
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota
SATURDAY: Wetter day of the weekend. Unsettled start, chance for a passing shower or storm. Fading PM sunshine with more storms PM developing. High: 80
SATURDAY NIGHT: Showers and storms early, then clearing overnight. Dew points start to fall. Low: 65
SUNDAY: A little soggy to start, looking better through the day. More sunshine, not as sticky. High: 83
MONDAY: Nice stat! Fading PM sunshine, slight chance of a passing PM shower across far southern MN. Low: 61. High: 82
TUESDAY: Pleasant, nothing rough. More PM clouds. Low: 61. High: 85
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun with showers/storms across far northern MN. Low: 65. High: 84.
THURSDAY: Quiet. Mild sun. Low: 66. High: 86.
FRIDAY: Another mild day, fading PM sun with a slight chance of thunder late. Low: 66. High: 82
AT 200 PM EDT...1800 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ISAAC WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 71.4 WEST. ISAAC IS NOW
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH...22 KM/H..AND THIS GENERAL
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF ISAAC WILL APPROACH THE SOUTHERN
COAST OF HISPANIOLA THIS AFTERNOON...PASS NEAR OR OVER HAITI
TONIGHT...AND MOVE NEAR OR OVER EASTERN AND CENTRAL CUBA SATURDAY
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE BEFORE THE CENTER REACHES THE
COAST OF HISPANIOLA TONIGHT...AND ISAAC COULD BE NEAR HURRICANE
STRENGTH AT LANDFALL.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185 MILES...295 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON A SHIP REPORT IS 997
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All areas of Everglades National Park closed at 8 p.m. Friday, and will remain closed until “the storm has passed and conditions are safe.”
The closure includes the Main Park Road, and all park and commercial operations at Flamingo. “These closures are conducted in the interest of public safety and to ensure park staff concentrates completely on securing and protecting park resources and facilities,” says a park notice."
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