Sunday night rain update; no summery heat this week -

Sunday night rain update; no summery heat this week

While walking along Minnehaha Creek in Minnetonka on Friday I was reminded that the most vivid greens of the year happen with the new growth of the spring season.

It was nice to see some splashes of sun on Sunday, when the official Twin Cities high was 71 degrees. That’s 5 degrees cooler than our average June 5 high in the metro area.

Temperature trends

Monday highs will be in the 60s in much of western and northern Minnesota, with lower 70s from the Twin Cities metro area into south-central and southeastern Minnesota:


Monday forecast highs

National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to be in the lower 70s on Tuesday, then around 70 on Wednesday followed by lower 70s Thursday and Friday. We could see some upper 70s next Saturday.

The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a slight tendency toward warmer than normal temps in southern and west-central Minnesota for the period from June 13 through June 19:


Temperature outlook June 13 through June 19

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Rain chances in some areas Sunday evening and overnight

Parts of Iowa will see some strong to severe thunderstorms Sunday evening and overnight Sunday night. Periods of rain, with some embedded thunderstorms, are in the forecast for much of far southern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin for that same time period.

A few scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm are possible in the Twin Cities metro area and west-central Wisconsin Sunday evening and overnight Sunday night. Patchy areas of showers are possible in central and northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin as well.

There could be a few lingering showers early Monday morning in parts of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. One forecast model shows a few showers moving into west-central Minnesota late Monday afternoon.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News network, and you can see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

Rainy River Basin flooding

International Falls, Minnesota recorded its wettest meteorological spring (March through May) this year:

That precipitation total includes rain plus the water content of the more than 32 inches of snow that International Falls tallied this spring.

The very wet spring led to flooding in much of the Rainy River Basin, where some flood warnings continue:


Flood warnings are shaded green

National Weather Service

Here’s a summary of flooding conditions in the Rainy River Basin:


Rainy River Basin flooding

National Weather Service

The NWS Rainy River Basin page has additional information on the flooding.

Rainy Lake reached a new record high level on Friday:

A flooding park

Voyageurs National Park has closed its Rainy Lake Visitor Center boat launch because of flooding.

Photo courtesy of Voyageurs National Park

Reporter Dan Kraker and other MPR News staff compiled a detailed account of the flood woes residents of the region are facing.

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