Aug-tember continues this week

Highs in the 80s linger

Spring in Minnesota came late this year. Summer seems intent on loitering through most of September.

Our Wednesday morning rain bands produced some impressive rainfall totals across the state — 24-hour rainfall totals exceed 2 inches at Mora, Sartell, and Winton near Ely. Several locations picked up an inch or more.

24 hour rainfall totals
Twenty-four-hour rainfall totals
Via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Slow-moving cool front

Our inbound cool front takes its sweet time moving through Wednesday. Another band of showers and storms will fire along the front Wednesday evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NAM 3 km resolution model shows the front refiring around 7 p.m. and pushing storms south into Iowa overnight.

NOAA NAM 3 km model through tonight
NOAA NAM 3 km model through tonight
NOAA, via tropical tidbits

Summer lingers

Forecast model guidance is like a weather slot machine that keeps cranking out summery 7s. The weather numbers continue to suggest mild temperatures will linger into next week.

Temperatures forecast for Minneapolis
Temperature forecast for Minneapolis
NOAA, via Weather Bell

The upper-air maps suggest a brief cooler intrusion early next week, followed by another warm spell.

Upper air forecast map for 7 pm September 28
Upper-air forecast map for 7 p.m. Sept. 28

One thing we know for sure in Minnesota? Fall will get here. Eventually. NOAA’s eight- to 14-day outlook favors above-average temperatures overall through late September.

8-14 day temperature outlook
Eight- to 14-day temperature outlook

Stay tuned.

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