Atmospheric Indigestion

I had to dust off the road bike and hit the pavement today.  Trails have just been too wet to ride.

Missing the mountain bike

Thursday morning the Twin Cities had a strong thunderstorm move through that produced 0.76″.  And as I’m typing this the metro is once again receiving another heavy downpour Friday evening.  Western and southern Minnesota probably got the worst of the storms this week.  Two brief tornado touchdowns were reported in Stearns and Pope Counties.  A heavy hailstorm left Lake City under a foot of hail.  So much hail, in fact, that they actually had to deploy the plows to clear the roads!

Radar Thursday May 3

Lake City plow clearing hail Thursday morning

So, yes, the month of May has started off very wet.

The numbers:

1.54″ of rain has been recorded so far this month.

That’s 1.10″ above normal

Last year at this time…just a trace.

CycleCast:

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  Okay, well, the good news is that Saturday will be dry.  The bad news is that Sunday will not.  I think the majority of Saturday will stay dry but showers and thunderstorms will move back in early Sunday morning.  Sunday could be a wash out.  With a lot of available moisture in the atmosphere, rainfall amounts could range between 1 to 2 inches.  Thankfully next week looks drier but cooler.

Super Moon

If we can catch a break in the clouds Saturday night look out for the perigee moon.  The moon will appear 30% brighter and 14% bigger than other full moons this year.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Atmospheric Indigestion

  1. 8:30 AM Saturday. Light mist is starting to cover Minneapolis downtown. It looks widespread. Radar shows no local rain activity yet.

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