Round Two Tonight

MSP Double Rainbow. Photo Mark G. Moss

Wednesday Morning Rainfall Totals

River Bottoms: 1.45″
Lebanon Hills: 1.07″
Theo: 0.87″
Murphy Hanrehan: 0.74″
Battle Creek/Carver Park: 0.28″

Geeze, nothing like a good downpour to start the day.  My house as well as our area trails got quite the soaking this morning.  The gates at Lebanon were closed earlier Wednesday due to just over an inch of rain.  You might need to hang the bike up for a bit because this was just the first round of rain.  Expect thunderstorms to arrive later this evening with potentially another heavy rain event tonight.  Before riding, be sure to check the latest trail conditions.

The heavy rain this morning signaled the arrival of warmer air along a warm front.  The cold front is expected to follow through this evening.  Severe storms may develop in northwestern Minnesota with a high wind and hail threat.  As the storms move closer to the metro, the storm intensity may decrease but heavy rain and gusty winds will still be a concern.  Storms should arrive in the metro around 9pm this evening.

HRRR model showing storms over metro ~ 9pm Wednesday evening

Clouds will be slow to clear Thursday behind the front with temperatures staying in the 60s!  This cooler air lingers across the area through the weekend.  For once, temperatures will actually be below average!  August could be the first cooler-than-average month in 14 months!

The MN Rusty Ride is this Saturday at Cuyuna Lakes.  Overall, I think the weather will hold up.  There is the possibility of an isolated, brief thunderstorm but I think chances favor a dry day for racing.  Cooler, low dewpoint air will benefit those that are racing.  Good luck to all!

CycleCast

Thursday: Cloudy morning, general clearing in the afternoon. Much cooler! H: upper 60s

Friday: Sunny and comfortable day for riding.  H: low 70s

Saturday: An isolated thunderstorm: H: low 70s

Sunday: A few clouds, otherwise dry and slightly warmer. H: upper 70s

Monday: Partly sunny. H: near 80

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