September 22, 1936: Summer-like heat continues with 101 at Ada, Beardsley and Moorhead.
August was the hottest on record, worldwide - the 16th "warmest month" in a row for the planet. That is unprecedented in 137 years of temperature observations.
Simmering warmth may push peak fall color viewing back a week or two this year. The Minnesota DNR reports vivid pockets of color from the St. Cloud area into the Red River Valley, but the North Shore is still mostly-green. Ample rains (no kidding) and a lack of drought-related tree stress should mean a very colorful October, statewide.
Autumn officially arrives today, but "Meteorological Autumn" really kicked off on September 1, marking the end of the warmest 90 days of the year.
Heavy showers and T-storms linger along a stalled frontal boundary into Friday. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect; the best chance of gully-gushing, window-rattling storms over southern Minnesota.
The mercury may hit 80F Saturday with some sunshine before more storms flare up Saturday night. Don't despair; skies clear on Sunday. Systems stall next week, a giant "cut-off" low pulling more rain into town by Tuesday.
Yeah, this is getting old.
- A slowly meandering/nearly stationary front across parts of the upper Midwest, combined with near record atmospheric moisture, will provide the set up for excessive rain across the region through Thursday.
- At least 2-5” of rain will fall across portions of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with isolated higher amounts possible.
- This will lead to the potential of flash flooding in the region as well as rising lake and river levels. Flash Flood Watches are in place, including cities such as Sioux City and Waterloo (IA), the Twin Cities, Rochester and Mankato (MN), and Madison, Green Bay and La Crosse (WI).
Graphic credit: WeatherBell.
Summary. The first round of heavy rain last night brought 1-4” of rain across parts of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. More rounds of heavy rain are expected across the upper Midwest over the next couple days, with rainfall totals of at least 2-5”. Some areas of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin where there are slow moving storms or training storms could pick up 7”+ of rain through Friday morning. Due to the excessive rain amounts, flash flooding can be expected across these areas, and Flash Flood Watches are in place. Facilities across these areas that normally experience problems during flash flood scenarios should be on alert for issues over the next few days.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, AerisWeather
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3. North Dakota
FRIDAY: More showers, possible thunder - cool, damp breeze. Winds: E 10-15. High: 67
SATURDAY: Warm sunshine, T-storms arrive late. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 61. High: near 80
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, a drying breeze. Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 60. High: 71
MONDAY: Sunny start, then clouds increase. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 56. High: 66
TUESDAY: Another surge of rain moves in. Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 53. High: 65
WEDNESDAY: A foul sky: periods of rain and drizzle. Winds: SE 10-20. Wake-up: 54. High: 66
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