WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. Low: 45
THURSDAY: Spectacularly sunny and mild. High: 70
FRIDAY: Best day in sight. Light winds. Wake-up: 51. High: 73
SATURDAY: Fading sun, dry most of the day. Wake-up: 54. High: 72
SUNDAY: Best chance of rain, cooler. Wake-up: 55. High: 64
MEMORIAL DAY: Sunny start, few PM showers possible. Wake-up: 58. High: 68
TUESDAY: Unsettled, few late PM T-storms rumble into town. Wake-up: 59. High: 71
Light a Candle
Storms, given a choice, prefer to come on holiday weekends. That's the perception anyway. There is no scientific evidence confirming that throngs of people on their decks, beaches or boats attract rain drops. This has not been proven.
But we're all more weather-sensitive on weekends, and holiday weekends bring even greater scrutiny of the sky churning overhead. What can possibly go wrong, and what time?
Keep your expectations low and you'll never be disappointed. Which is a sad way to go through life - but it works.
Have a Plan B, indoors, for Sunday, probably the coolest, wettest day of the holiday weekend. Clouds increase on Saturday but we should salvage some sun with highs near 70F. And spurts of lukewarm sun are possible on Labor Day with Monday highs in the 60s with a PM shower or T-shower. A long way from perfect but we've seen far worse.
The atmosphere should be too cool and stable for anything severe, but a period of heavier, steadier rain on Sunday may foul up outdoor plans.
Disclaimer: I'm just the messenger. I'm heading up to our cabin and the concept of warm sunshine resonates with me too.
But in spite of recent heavy rains over central Minnesota most of the state is still in moderate drought.
No whining about rain!
1-Minute Satellite Updates on GOES-14. This is pretty amazing, an entirely new level of resolution and latency with satellite imagery. Here's an excerpt from CIMSS Satellite Blog: "GOES-14 is producing imagery at 1-minute intervals as part of Super-Rapid Scan Operations for GOES-R (SRSO-R). Sectors that are scanned change each day and are determined by likely weather events. The animation above, in the southwest corner of the Monday May 18 sector shows strong convection over northern Louisiana. (A similar animation in mp4 format is available here (YouTube)) A benefit of 1-minute imagery is that it can capture the entire lifecycle of overshooting tops, cloud-top features that typically form and decay in less than 10 minutes..."
Photo credit above: "Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to the media about his statewide drought emergency as state ecology director Maia Bellon looks on, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said parts of the state have been severely impacted by record low snowpack levels." (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte).
Illustration credit: Tara Jacoby.
Photo credit above: "The Polar Pioneer drilling rig sits docked at the Port of Seattle, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling rallied near the rig Monday, showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch Shell and the Port to allow the Polar Pioneer and other drilling equipment to be based in Seattle." (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren).