This is the weather many of us wait for all year in Minnesota. If the Ides of March is known for inclement weather, the Ides of May must be pure weather bliss.
A mild dry high-pressure cell settles over Minnesota Tuesday. The results? Sunny skies, comfortable dew points, and mild temperatures.
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) May 14, 2018
Temperatures warm into the 80s across much of Minnesota this week. It feels like June out there. In fact Wednesday feels more like July. We deserve it.
Messy front arrives Friday
The weather maps get a little complicated late this week. There are significant model differences in timing of a frontal system Friday and Saturday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System favors rain and thunder moving across Minnesota late Friday night into Saturday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport picked up a much needed eighteen one-hundredths of an inch of rain Monday. But most of northern Minnesota is trending dry. The latest drought monitor shows about 40 percent of Minnesota listed as “abnormally dry.
Fire weather up north
The combination of dryness and low humidity, warmth and highs winds makes for fire danger across the Red River Valley and northwest Minnesota Tuesday.
West Polk-Kittson-Roseau-Lake Of The Woods-West Marshall-
East Marshall-North Beltrami-Pennington-Red Lake-East Polk-
Eastern Walsh County-Nelson-Grand Forks-Western Walsh County-
350 AM CDT Tue May 15 2018
…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT
THIS EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS FOR NORTHEASTERN
NORTH DAKOTA AND PARTS OF NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…
* The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a Red
Flag Warning for LOW Relative Humidity and Gusty Winds, which
is in effect from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM CDT this evening.
The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.
* AFFECTED AREA…In Minnesota…Fire Weather Zones 001…004…
005…006…007…008…009…013…014…015 and 016. In
North Dakota…Fire Weather Zones 006…007…008…015…
016…026… 027 and 054.
* WINDS…Southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
* TIMING…Late this morning into the afternoon.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…As low as 15 percent.
* TEMPERATURES…Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.
* IMPACTS…Any fire that ignites will have the potential to