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Weather perfection on a stick?

Ideal State Fair weather for opening days

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DNR Fish pond at Minnesota State Fair
DNR Fish pond at Minnesota State Fair
Paul Huttner | MPR News

Vendors at the Minnesota State Fair are probably liking the forecast. All indications favor ideal weather conditions for the first few days of the 2019 Great Minnesota Get Together.

70s rule

Highs in the 70s rule our weather forecast the next several days. Toss in dew points in the comfy 50s and you have a recipe for weather perfection. I’m forecasting a good chance of record attendance numbers on the first few days of the fair.

NOAA temperature forecast for Minneapolis
NOAA temperature forecast for Minneapolis
NOAA via Weather Bell

Wettest year on record for some

The next rain chances enter the forecast Sunday into Monday. We can use the break. Several towns have recorded the wettest year on record to date. Many more are on pace for the second wettest year to date.

  • Owatonna 36.43 inches (wettest year to date)

2019 Precipitation graph for Owatonna, Minnesota
2019 Precipitation graph for Owatonna, Minnesota
Twin Cities National Weather Service
  • Marshall 30.12 inches (wettest year to date)

  • Black River Falls 35.99 inches (wettest year to date) 

  • Twin Cities 30.27 inches (second wettest year to date)

  • Rochester 36.61 inches (second wettest year to date)

Chilly start to Labor Day weekend

The upper air pattern favors the coolest shot of air in several months by late next week. Highs in the 60s will feel brisk by next Friday. There are signs of a warmup again as we move toward Labor Day.

NOAA upper air map for Monday September 2
NOAA upper air map for 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2
NOAA

Stay tuned.