Squirrel Fest Forecast

Squirrel Fest 2: Revenge of the Nuts!!!  Should be a good time this weekend up in Ironton with lots of biking and fun with our fellow riders.  Don’t forget your Vegan nightmare!

If you plan on riding this weekend prepare for more heat and humidity.  Temperatures in the 90s are a given but 100 degree heat will most likely stay southwest of Minnesota.  And heads up campers…thunderstorms may rumble through the area Friday night into Saturday.  With a dome of high pressure just to our south, Minnesota will stay in the storm track with the potential for an isolated, pop-up thunderstorm Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

And, as always, don’t forget the bug repellent. (I sound like my mother)  Our wet spring and hot/dry summer has helped Minnesota’s unofficial state bird, the mosquito, to multiply.  In fact, the first case of West Nile was reported earlier this month in St. Louis County.  Yikes.  Best to not chance it so spray on the stinky stuff.

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Friday: Mostly sunny.  A few isolated thunderstorms Friday night. H: mid 80s

Saturday: A pop-up thunderstorm.  Most trails stay dry. Hot. H: near 90°

Sunday: An isolated afternoon thunderstorm. Hot and humid. H: near 90°

Monday: Sticky with dewpoints near 70°. Sunny and hot. H: lower 90s

Tuesday: Afternoon thunderstorms. H: near 90°

Table courtesy NWS Twin Cities

Tuesday’s high of 83° ended the consecutive streak of days at or above 85° in the Twin Cities.  The area had 21 days of 85°+ temperatures which is second to 23 days back in 1941.  Not bad.  You also notice from the table below that the 5 days we spent at or above 95 degrees is good enough for fourth place.

Table courtesy of NWS Twin Cities

Like many Midwest cities, July temperatures in Minneapolis have been running above the average.  If this pattern keeps up we could end up having one of the warmest Julys on record.

Sporadic storm have developed over Minnesota without leaving any widespread significant rain.  Isolated rains combined with the recent heat have helped to expand the drought across the state.

Not everyone is hurting for rain.  Since the flooding rains inundated Duluth last month the area has obviously experienced a surplus since April.

Northwestern MN has been left high and dry.  This is due to a dry Fall, almost snow-less winter and now a hot/dry summer.  Severe drought conditions are now popping up with 53% of the state’s topsoil moisture being very short.

Still, Minnesota is better off than some other states.  Drought conditions have been expanding across the central U.S., especially in states like Indiana.  Just check out the brown areas on this NASA Terra satellite image showing below normal plant growth.  In comparison, southwestern Minnesota is green indicating healthy plant growth.

Image courtesy NASA Earth Observatory.

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