Evening by the campfire

A real-deal cool front swept through Minnesota and the surrounding area in the past eighteen hours. Temperatures and dew points have responded accordingly with this change in air masses. Look for brisk winds today, easing from west to east during the late afternoon.

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Overnight lows in the 40s in northern Minnesota will feel a little on the nippy side for early August. We were due for a cool spell. The last time the tempreatures were below normal for a lengthy period was from July 12th through the 15th when the mercury failed to reach 80 degrees in the Twin Cities

On Monday there were numerous reports of hail in northeast Minnesota and rainfall totalled over three quarters of an inch at both International Falls and Duluth. The Duluth Airport has already collected 3.88 inches of rain for the month of August. Here’s the storm report for August 8th from the Duluth NWS Office.

Given the rather frequent and generous rainfall for much of the spring and summer the DNR reports a minimal fire danger, except for a small portion of far northern Minnesota. Yesterday’s rain of 0.87 inches at International Falls was welcome.

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The predicted high of 73 degrees in the Twin Cities for this afternoon will be the coolest reading since the high of 74 on July 14th. A return to high temperatures close to 80 is in the offing for Thursday and Friday.

Let’s see if the favored cool spots in the state can record a minimum temperature in the 30s on Wednesday morning. They’ll need clear skies and nearly calm winds. Anybody betting on Embarrass to pull this off?

CE

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