A quiet and cool Sunday

Second-wettest year to date in the Twin Cities

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It was a stormy Saturday night across sections of southern and central Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. Here are some of the wind damage reports from southern Minnesota:

Wind damage reports from Saturday night, early Sunday
National Weather Service
Wind damage reports from Saturday night, early Sunday
National Weather Service

Some areas also received heavy rain overnight Saturday night. The heaviest rain amounts extended from portions of west-central and southwestern Minnesota into parts of the Twin Cities metro area:

24-hour rainfall totals through 7 A.M. Sunday, August 18

The yellow and beige areas received between 1.50 and 2.50 inches of rain. 1.74 inches of rain fell overnight Saturday night at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Our official 2019 precipitation total is now 29.64 inches at MSP airport. Precipitation includes rainfall plus the water content of our snowfalls. According to the Twin Cities NWS office, this is the second-highest precipitation total that we’ve ever seen in the Twin Cities from Jan. 1 through Aug. 18.

Rain pulls away

There were some lingering showers over parts of northeastern Minnesota late Sunday morning. Those showers are expected to pull out of Minnesota during the early afternoon hours.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday:

NOAA NAM simulated radar from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday


As always, updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog. You can see the recent local NWS radar loop here. The northeastern Minnesota radar loop is also available.

Temperature trends

Sunday afternoon highs will be mainly in the 70s across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Some spots in the Twin Cities metro area could creep into the upper 70s by late afternoon.

Highs in the lower 80s are on tap for portions of southern Minnesota on Monday:

Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach around 84 degrees on Tuesday, followed by upper 70s Wednesday and Thursday and lower 80s on Friday.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.