Monday soaker; sunshine and milder air returns this week

At least it fell on a Monday.

Monday’s rainmaker brought soaking rains to already wet soils. The convective rainfall was spotty with embedded thunderstorms putting on a light show Sunday night. Most rainfall totals are coming in between one-quarter and three-quarters of an inch, so far.

Monday’s weather system pulls out of Minnesota Tuesday. Sunshine and milder temperatures return Tuesday and Wednesday. Cooler temperatures return by Sunday and the last days of April.

Yes, it’s still April.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Weather Bell

Wet pattern ahead

The jet stream pattern looks active for Minnesota over the next two weeks. Weather systems in the upstream cue will arrive every 2-3 days. The next shot of light rain arrives Thursday morning. Saturday looks wet and possibly stormy. More rain may arrive Monday and Wednesday of next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model grabs hold of light showers Thursday and the stronger storm moving in Saturday.

NOAA GFS model late Wednesday into Saturday, via tropical tidbits

High water continues

Flooding continues on many Minnesota rivers. The rainy pattern over the next two weeks will keep rivers running high in many locations.

A second crest occurs in St. Paul the next few days.

NOAA’s GFS model suggests 3.5 inches of rain in the next 16 days. If that’s even close, the flood threat will continue for the next few weeks on many Minnesota rivers.

Stay tuned.