A Glimmer of Autumn

Lift Bridge Duluth. Photo WNTV Meteorologist Todd Nelson

What a weekend.  It was the coolest since the beginning of June.  In the Twin Cities, temperatures stayed in the 70s Saturday and Sunday which ended the streak of 80 + degree weather.  The area had 39 consecutive days at or above 80 degrees…good enough to tie the record that has stood since 1916.

Temperatures hop right back to near 90 Monday before scaling back to normal readings the rest of this week.  Thunderstorms are expected to fire just south of the metro Monday evening with a passing cold front.

HRRR model showing storms south of Twin Cities at 8pm Monday evening.

Our next chance of rain looks to be Wednesday.  Already thinking about the weekend?  I know I am.  My parents will be visiting from Pennsylvania so I’m hoping for some good MN summer weather.  At this point, thunderstorms may rumble through Saturday night but other than that things are looking good for Saturday and Sunday.  Total rainfall this week should be between 0.50″-0.75″ most of which will fall Wednesday with the thunderstorms expected.

Rainfall forecast from Wednesday AM - Thursday AM

The cool, Canadian air this weekend made for some great riding weather and I know a lot of us took advantage of that, including myself.  I had a great time riding the new trail additions at Murphy.  The trail was as fast as ever.  Even though the rain Friday night put a damper on riding Saturday, most of the trails were back open on Sunday.

Josh, Brian and I taking a break for a photo and getting eaten alive my mosquitoes in the process.

CycleCast

Tuesday: Partly sunny. H: low 80s

Wednesday: Thunderstorms. Rainfall ~ 0.50″. H: near 80°

Thursday: Rain likely early. Cooler. H: mid 70s

Friday: Refreshing morning, lows in the 50s! Sunny, nicest day for riding. H: upper 70s

Saturday: Isolated storm Saturday night. H: mid 70s

Sunday: Mostly sunny. H: near 80°

Curiosity a Success!

One of the first pictures captured by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.

NASA’s most advanced rover, Curiosity, has landed successfully on the surface of Mars early Monday!  Curiosity will now begin the process of determining “if the planet can sustain life in the future”.

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