Area Weather: What a week!
You're not going to get rid of me that easy! The Morris Sun Tribune has been kind enough to let me continue my weather column and keep all of you update to date on the weather for the region, and what a week it has been in the weather department.
Not only has Minnesota been dealing with the excessive heating; but so has cities from Des Moines, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. Thousands of record high temperatures have been set across the U.S. this week.
My heart always goes out to the elderly, children, and to pets who always seem to take the worst from these terrible heat waves. Please make sure you check on the elderly and make sure that they are okay. Also, make sure that your pets have adequate water in their dishes, and don't leave them out in the sun and heat for too long.
A cold-front will push through the state Friday night and that will trigger some showers and thunderstorms for much of the region. Morris, meanwhile, hit a more comfortable 84 for a high. Minneapolis, St. Paul, Red Wing, and Winona all hit 100 degrees for a high.
I know area lawns are really hurting from how dry it is and with the record heat. Some of these cells could produce some brief heavy downpours Friday into Friday night. That should help with your lawns. Rain chances will return for Sunday night.
It is crazy how quickly things can change in regards to the weather. It was only a couple of weeks back that we were dealing with flooding around the state from all of that ran. There were sinkholes and animals on the loose, of course, in Duluth from all of that flooding in that city. Now we are hoping for some rain once again.
Lastly, it is good to be staying on at the Morris Sun Tribune. A hardy thanks goes to the newspaper for keeping me apart of your lives. There's no place like home...
Stay cool this weekend!
Mark Anthony, Chief Meteorologist
Weather history: On this date in 1936 a record high of 104 degrees is recorded at Minneapolis. Many other locations across western Minnesota were either close or topped the century mark of 100 degrees!
Excessive Heat Warning--according to the National Weather Service is issued within "12 hours of the onset of the following criteria: heat index of at least 105°F for more than 3 hours per day for 2 consecutive days, or heat index more than 115°F for any period of time."
MN AT A GLANCE:
Twin Cities...Low...65...High 88
Today: Mostly sunny and less humid. High 82 Low 61 Winds: NE/E 5-10 mph Prec.None
Today's sunrise: 5:38 am
Today's sunset: 9:13 pm
Normal High: 82
Normal Low: 60
A cold-front pushed through the area Friday night and that brought some relief from the heat and humidty along with some thunderstorms. Drier air will return for Saturday and most of Sunday.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer once again, 20% chance of showers/t-storms late. High 84 Low 64 Winds:
NE/NW 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-40"
Monday: Mostly sunny and less humid. High 82 Low 59 Winds: N 5-10 mph Prec. None
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High 82 Low 62 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Prec. None