By Paul Douglas
Historically, the hottest weather of the year comes 2-4 weeks after the Summer Solstice. Why the lag? Water takes longer to heat up than land, and the combination of high sun angle and warmer water reaches a peak around the third week of July.
Although no debilitating, headline-grabbing, newscast-leading heat is brewing, I could see a few 90s next week - a steamy reward for surviving one of the most turbulent springs in recent memory.
No radar app to track red blobs on Doppler? A simple AM radio can detect lightning strikes within 150 miles. Occasional static pops: isolated storms. If you hear continuous static on the left end of the AM dial: a line of storms may be brewing. Then again you can always rely on Amish Doppler. A window works ever time.
A surge of hot, steamy air may set off a spirited round of T-storms late Friday Night. Most of Saturday looks dry with enough sun for mid-80s. More instability storms sprout Sunday, especially north/west of the Twin Cities. A heat-pump high pressure bubble expands north next week. The best chance of 90s: Tuesday - Friday. Considering that many of complain about cold fronts 7 months out of the year I'm OK with an authentic hot front.
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota
FRIDAY NIGHT: Chance of thunderstorms overnight. Breezy and mild. Low: 69
SATURDAY: Sticky, few T-storms. Winds: S 10-15. High: 87
SUNDAY: More late day/overnight storms, humid. Wake-up: 71. High: 88
MONDAY: Hot sun, still steamy. Wake-up: 70. High: 90
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, steamy. Dew point: 71. Wake-up: 72. High: 92