Dense fog hampers travel in SE MN this morning; mostly dry this week

La Crosse, Wis., National Weather Service

Surface visibility was down to a quarter mile or less in portions of southeast Minnesota and a large swath of Wisconsin at daybreak.  Fog  will lift as the morning sun grows stronger.

Showers and thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon and during the overnight hours  dumped generous rainfall on southern Minnesota. Rochester and Faribault accumulated nearly 3/4 ” of rain;  Pipestone was drenched with 1.26 inches. Only a spotty shower dotted east central Minnesota.

Rainfall totals from Saturday and Saturday night from Midwest Climate Center.

Some totals from the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis.:

:                                 HIGH   LOW   PCPN
TOB  : DODGE CENTER AWOS     MN :   73 /  61 / 0.78
AUM  : AUSTIN AWOS           MN :   75 /  63 / 0.10
RST  : ROCHESTER ASOS        MN :   75 /  61 / 0.75
FKA  : PRESTON AWOS          MN :   74 /  61 / 0.26
ONA  : WINONA AWOS           MN :   73 /  59 / 0.19

The weather pattern looks fairly quiet in the upper Midwest this week.  Temperatures will be somewhat below the seasonal normals. Precipitation amounts are expected to be sparse in our neck of the woods.

Potential rainfall forecast for the work week.

If you have some outdoor painting, landscaping, or gardening planned this would be a good week to get after it.

Today’s high temperatures should feel quite comfortable.

Today’s forecast high temperatures.

The national weather picture shows the most active weather in Kansas and Oklahoma today.

Weather forecast for today.

All is quiet on the tropical weather scene in the Atlantic. But we are about to enter the peak hurricane season. 

NOAA recently released this updated outlook on tropical storms:

The updated outlook calls for a 70 percent chance of an above-normal season. Across the Atlantic Basin for the entire season – June 1 to November 30 – NOAA’s updated seasonal outlook (which includes the activity to date of tropical storms Andrea, Barry, Chantal, and Dorian) projects a 70 percent chance for each of the following ranges:

  • 13 to 19 named storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including
    • 6 to 9 hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which
    • 3 to 5 could be major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)

These ranges are above the 30-year seasonal averages of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Tropical weather outlook. Source:NOAA Tropical Prediction Center.

More information on the upcoming hurricane season can be read here.

As we near the Minnesota State Fair, the outlook for temperatures appears to favor above normal. The normal max/min for St. Paul on August 23rd is 80/61.