As we head through the rest of Sunday evening and into the overnight hours, there is an Enhanced Risk of severe weather from the Twin Cities to the southeast, indicating a higher chance of seeing severe weather. The main threat across this Enhanced Risk area is damaging winds, but storms will start off to the north and west during the early evening. Those storms will be capable of very large hail and a tornado or two.
Here's a look at the potential timing for storms this (Sunday) evening in to the overnight hours:
Warm, Dry Weather Expected To Continue
Some of you might be thinking what you should do about watering the next few weeks with dry weather in the outlook. Here's some tips from University of Minnesota Extension climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley from his latest WeatherTalk column:
"-water plants and gardens at night or very early in the morning to minimize evaporation losses.
-use a light coating of mulch around some plants to minimize water loss from the soil, and to suppress weed competition.
-adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting as the longer grass keeps root systems shaded. During a warm July, lawns will need 1-2 inches of water per week.
-direct downspouts and other runoff towards shrubs, hedges and trees that can utilize the water.
-try to water at a rate that matches the infiltration rate of your soil....perhaps with a soaker hose.
-for newly planted trees and shrubs (planted this spring or summer) water thoroughly at least once per week all summer."
A Few Warm Blasts - Strong Storm Potential Tuesday
By DJ Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas
Each person has their own ideal weather. For example, I'm not one that exactly enjoys the heat and humidity of summer. I much prefer the spring and fall - a cool, crisp morning with highs topping off in the 60s to 70s.
I’m not sure many people would have enjoyed some of the weather during the Dust Bowl era. This week marks the warmest week ever recorded in Twin Cities history back in 1936, when each day between the 10th and 14th saw a high of at least 105. This Friday will mark the anniversary of the warmest high ever recorded in the Twin Cities - a blistering 108.
Temperatures won't be close to that this week across southern Minnesota, though the thermometer could approach 90 a few times in the next seven days. The first attempt will be on Wednesday, when dew points will also approach 70 across southern Minnesota. Before that, though, some strong thunderstorms will be possible Tuesday into Tuesday Night, with the potential of damaging winds. Another quick blast of heat will be possible heading into next weekend.
Extended Twin Cities Forecast
MONDAY: Lingering morning storms. High 85. Low 68. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind NE 3-5 mph.
TUESDAY: Afternoon strong thunderstorms. High 87. Low 73. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: A few storms. Dew points near 70. High 88. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: Less muggy and a touch cooler. High 83. Low 65. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: Sunny skies. Warming trend begins. High 85. Low 68. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: Potential of a few storms. Muggy. High 90. Low 65. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SW 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: A few afternoon clouds. High 86. Low 64. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind N 3-5 mph.
This Day in Weather History
2002: Intense rainfall causes extensive street flooding in St. Cloud. 2.70 inches of rain falls in 1 hour and 45 minutes at St. Cloud State University. People were stranded in their cars and had to be rescued by the fire department.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 84F (Record: 106F set in 1936)
Average Low: 64F (Record: 49F set in 1996)
Average Precipitation: 0.13" (Record: 1.93" set in 2002)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 5:36 AM
Sunset: 8:59 PM
*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 23 minutes and 1 second
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~1 minute and 20 seconds
*Next Sunrise At/After 6 PM: August 2nd (6:00 AM)
*Next Sunset At/Before 8:30 PM: August 8th (8:29 PM)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
National Weather Outlook
Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech