82 F. average high on June 28.
83 F. high on June 28, 2014.
.10" rain fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
4.3" rain so far in June, that's .33" wetter than average for MSP, to date.
Summer Storm Angst
We jam much of our outdoor plans into 4-5 months; a much-needed surge of warmth also brings wild thunderstorms, especially the first half of summer. I've had my fair share of harrowing weddings and grad parties in June - the wettest - most severe month of the year.
"Paul, can't you make the rain stop?" No. I can't.
Lately I've heard from soccer parents worried about coaches violating lightning rules and one frantic sister in law, complaining about "clueless teens" not keeping tabs on severe weather moving in.
What can you do? Have a Doppler app on your phone. Alerts for warnings, too. Try to schedule events for the morning or midday hours. The atmosphere is most unstable around the dinner hour. That's when T-storms are most likely to sprout.
Wait 30 minutes after the last thunderclap before resuming your game or outdoor event. And don't be afraid to postpone or cancel an event. Nothing is worth risking life and limb.
More storms mushroom this afternoon in response to a cool pool of air rotating overhead. The maps look more like early September than late June; highs in the 70s to low 80s. Not a hot front in sight.
Plan on sunny 80s on the 4th; a better chance of storms Sunday.
Definition of "Scattered T-storms". Scattered storms implies about 10-35% coverage of precipitation, which was the case late afternoon yesterday as strong storms bubbled up around the metro. The NWS Doppler image above was saved at 4:17 PM Sunday.
Wettest Zone Shifts into Ohio Valley. A steady supply of cooler fronts of Canadia origin will push the main frontal boundary capable of heaviest showers and T-storms into the Middle Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley. NOAA guidance shows some 4-6" amounts possible there over the next week.
Photo credit above: "This black goop is what will be at the heart of the next generation of batteries." (Kieran Kesner for Quartz).
TODAY: AM sunshine. PM T-storms pop up again. Winds: NW 10. High: 83
MONDAY NIGHT: Evening thunder, then clearing. Low: 63
TUESDAY: More sun, probably dry. Cooler. High: 78
WEDNESDAY: More showers and T-storms likely. Wake-up: 62. High: 76
THURSDAY: Shocker: more PM T-storms pop up. Wake-up: 60. High: 75
FRIDAY: Drier, Sticky sunshine. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 59. High: 80
4th OF JULY: Cautiously optimistic. Warm sunshine. Wake-up: 66. High: 84
SUNDAY: Another round of T-storms arrives. Wake-up: 68. High: 81
Photo credit above: "Murat Sofrakis and Lena Jorgensen in the Klagshamn vineyard." Photo: David Crouch.