June 11, 1996: 5.91 inches of rain fell at Mankato. Mudslides closed roads including Hwy. 169. Mud pushed a trailer home 20 feet down a hill.
June 11, 1922: Hailstorm at Maple Plain causes much damage to crops.
A Touch of Blanca
Hurricanes seem to serve a purpose. They are nature's automatic pressure-relief valves, transporting excess moisture and heat away from the tropics toward the poles. Unlike tornadoes, which just scare people and provide hours of programming for The Weather Channel.
The forecast was a bust for the immediate metro - the storm tracked farther south; traditional weather models did a lousy job, the CAM, or convection-allowing models, like HRRR and WRF did a better job.
For the record some of those puddles were enhanced by "Blanca", the earliest cyclone to make landfall on Mexico's Baja Peninsula 3 days ago. Yes, Minnesota does get gently-used hurricanes every now and then.
No weather drama today; expect a slightly-less-hideous commute with warm sunshine, mid 70s, and a very comfortable dew point near 55F. We get off to a sunny start Saturday but a few more thundershowers pop up late Saturday into Sunday. Not a sustained, all-day rain event like yesterday.
ECMWF guidance predicts a pleasant puff of cooler, drier air Monday and Tuesday. Midweek storms may give way to tropical heat and a more window-rattling thunderstorms by the end of next week. No heatwaves brewing for Minnesota, just frequent rains.
Let's have a moment of silence for the drought.
The Alaska statewide average temperature for May was the warmest on record in 91 years of record keeping at 44.9°F, 7.1°F above average. The warmth in Alaska was widespread with several cities were record warm, including Barrow and Juneau.Photo credit above: " .
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SATURDAY: Fading sun, T-shower possible late. Winds: SE 10. High: 76
SUNDAY: Intervals of sun, isolated T-storms possible. High: 78
MONDAY: Lot's of sun, cool breeze, very comfortable. Dew point: 52. Wake-up: 63. High: 79
TUESDAY: Comfortable sun. Nighttime thunder. Wake-up: 57. High: 77
WEDNESDAY: Showers and thundershowers. Wake-up: 58. High: 74
THURSDAY: Some sticky sun, strong T-storms? Wake-up: 64. High: 83
File photo of noctilucent clouds above courtesy of NASA.