85 F. high in the Twin Cities Friday.
80 F. average high on June 20.
91 F. high on June 20, 2013.
Trace of rain at MSP International yesterday.
.67" additional rain predicted by Monday evening (00z NAM model).
Breaking news: for the first time in 3 years no portion of Minnesota is in drought! No kidding. With little warning the weather pendulum has swung in the opposite direction.
To try and put this into perspective much of Minnesota has already picked up a year's worth of precipitation. At 25.23 inches 2014 is the wettest year, to date, since modern-day records were started in 1871. What's also impressive (at least for geeky meteorologists) is the size of the area impacted by flooding. Most summer flash floods strike just a few counties. This week's inundation flooded 35 of Minnesota's 87 counties; the kind of expansive soaking you'd expect in April or October - not a couple days away from the Summer Solstice.
Major flooding is expected next week on the Mississippi near St. Paul. The forecast crest of 19.9 feet would be the highest June crest on record. Good grief.
Expect warm sun today; mid-80s may lure you onto an overflowing lake today. Just don't create a wake. A T-storm could bubble up by evening - maybe 1-2 inches from T-storms Sunday and Monday; more storms late next week. At this rate we should easily break the record for wettest June (11.67 inches in 1874).
What a year huh?
|14 feet||Minor Flood Stage|
|14 feet||Water Street Closed|
|14 feet||Lilydale Park area begins to become submerged|
|15 feet||Moderate Flood Stage|
|17 feet||Major Flood Stage|
|17 feet||Secondary flood walls are deployed at St. Paul airport|
|17.5 feet||Harriet Island begins to become submerged|
|18 feet||Shepard / Warner Road may become impassable|
Image credit: NASA's Earth Observatory.
TODAY: Summer Solstice: 5:51AM. Some AM sun, isolated T-storm possible. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 86
SATURDAY NIGHT: Humid with a risk of a T-storm. Low: 69
SUNDAY: Humid, few showers T-storms likely. Dew point: 68. High: 81
MONDAY: Passing shower, turning slightly cooler. Wake-up: 68. High: 81
TUESDAY: Sunny start, PM showers north. Wake-up: 62. High: 79
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, probably dry. A bit more comfortable. Wake-up: 59. High: 81
THURSDAY: Muggy, more T-storms in the area. Wake-up: 60. HIgh: 83
FRIDAY: Hot sticky sun, a few pop-up storms. Wake-up: 70. High: 88