The meteorological summer begins Monday, as does the hurricane season. The Tropical Storm Prediction Center of NOAA is forecasting about an average season of tropical cyclones. Their prediction includes the possibility of four to seven named storms with the risk of one to three category three or higher hurricanes. Experience suggests that all it takes Read more

Thursday’s new U.S. Drought Monitor expands dryness westward into Minnesota. Another dry week is taking its toll on the Upper Midwest. Today’s new U.S. Drought Monitor shows dryness expanding westward from the Twin Cities metro. The area in Minnesota in the D0 (abnormally dry) category more than doubled from last week, from 14.7% to 31.5%. Read more

Drought conditions are rapidly deepening in much of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities. The lack of significant rainfall is showing up in lower pond and lake levels, and in brown lawns which are expanding around the metro. Rainfall is two inches below average for May at Twin Cities International Airport. If you go back Read more

Memorial weekend is the traditional unofficial start of summer season. The National Weather Service considers, for climate keeping purposes, the summer season to be the months of June through August. I recall my first Memorial Day in the Twin Cities in 1992 having moved up from Indianapolis in December of 1991. The high temperature on Read more