Thunderstorms in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota this morning will move southeast with the risk of strong winds and hail before weakening at mid morning.
Widely scattered thunderstorms were just east of the Twin Cities around 6 a.m. as seen from the bright white cloud tops on the satellite image.
Bow echo approaching Grand Forks shortly at daybreak. Source: NOAA /Weather Underground
The risk for severe weather is likely to be confined to northern Minnesota today.
More heat and humidity are in store for southern Minnesota, where a heat advisory has been posted for today. Look for heat index values to once again approach 100 degrees this afternoon.
Rain has been hard to come by in central Minnesota since August 6. Here’s the Midwest Regional Climate Center’s graphic of August rainfall departure from normal.
A cool front will bring relief statewide on Saturday. Hopefully some showers and thunderstorms will dampen the parched landscape of central Minnesota.
By Labor Day morning temperatures will indeed feel more like September.
Looking ahead to the first week of September, we see temperatures closer to seasonal norms.
Be aware of thunderstorm threat in the Northland and take caution against the heat and humidity in the south.