Summer Saturday, interim retreat on Sunday; thunder chances in some areas
You may have dreamed of summer heat on the coldest days of winter. This heat is there!
Saturday’s highs will be in the 80s across much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. High temperatures near Lake Superior can be in the 70s, and parts of northwestern Minnesota will peak in the 60s and 70s. Much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have dew points on Saturday afterward. – midday in the sticky 60s.
Risk of rain and thunder?
Northwestern Minnesota experienced areas of showers and thunderstorms this morning. Midwestern Minnesota and about the northern third of Minnesota could see scattered showers and thunderstorms this Saturday afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center shows a marginal risk (shaded dark green) of severe weather today and tonight in west-central Minnesota and roughly the northern third of Minnesota:
Marginal risk means that an isolated severe storm is possible. The Storm Forecast Center will update the severe weather outlook later this morning and also this afternoon.
Cooler North Sunday
Sunday highs will range from the 1940s in northeastern Minnesota to the 1980s in far southwestern Minnesota:
The metropolitan area will have highs on Sunday in the 70s.
Sticky dew points persist in southern Minnesota Sunday afternoon:
Sunday Thunder Chances
Unstable weather is set for Sunday, with occasional showers and possible thunderstorms in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
SPC shows marginal risk of severe weather Sunday and Sunday evening in dark green shaded areas of central and southern Minnesota in western Wisconsin:
Highs for the Twin Cities metro area are expected to reach the mid-80s on Monday, followed by the lower 80s on Tuesday, the mid-70s on Wednesday, and around 70 on Thursday and Friday. Comfortable dew points arrive on Tuesday and persist for several days.
10th anniversary of the 2011 North Minneapolis tornado
A tornado hit parts of northern Minneapolis on May 22, 2011. The Twin Cities NWS released details of the tornado, which occurred 10 years ago:
The Minnesota State Bureau of Climatology also has a abstract of the tornado of May 22, 2011, including these facts:
Most of the damage came from uprooting mature trees and falling onto houses and vehicles. Tragically, a man lost his life when a tree fell on his vehicle in North Minneapolis.
As mentioned in the NWS article, another man died while cleaning up after the storm. The linked NWS site also has a map of the tornado trail from May 22, 2011.
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