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Minnesota's second summer; near 'Harvey-level' flood event in Texas

Fifth straight day of 80-degree temperatures

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Five in a row.

Thursday was the fifth straight day of 80-plus degree warmth in the Twin Cities and most of southern Minnesota. Minnesota continues to rise the top of a summerlike air mass. The maps look far more July than Sept. 19.

Temperatures Thursday afternoon
Temperatures Thursday afternoon
Oklahoma Mesonet

Friday brings our sixth straight day of 80-degree warmth. Our summery weather winning streak runs out this weekend. Temperatures fall back into the 70s and even 60s next week.

Temperature forecast for Minneapolis
Temperature forecast for Minneapolis
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Weather Bell

Saturday rain

Friday looks mainly dry with just a few scattered showers favoring western Minnesota Friday morning. A frontal system Saturday spawns more widespread showers and thunderstorms. Northern Minnesota is the most favored zone for persistent, heavier rains Saturday. 

NOAA NAM 3 km model Friday night through Saturday night
NOAA North American Mesoscale 3 km model Friday night through Saturday night.
NOAA via tropical tidbits

Doppler back in action

The National Weather Service Doppler radar in Chanhassen, Minn., is up and running again. The pedestal upgrade is complete. This should give the MSP Doppler another 10-15 years of life.

Fall color burst

Fall colors are blazing in parts of northern Minnesota. Here’s the scene from the Honeymoon Trail near Lutsen, Minn.

Honeymoon Trail near Lutsen.
Honeymoon Trail near Lutsen.
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Color is now 50 to 75 percent in parts of northern Minnesota. It’s still mostly green in the Twin Cities with a few color splashes.

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Fall colors September 19
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Mild and wet pattern continues?

There’s an old saying in the weather forecast business: “The trend is your friend.” The medium-range outlooks continue to favor mild and wet conditions overall into early October.

Texas flood

The scope and magnitude of flooding in east Texas is massive. 

Up to 40 inches of rain is submerging streets, cars and homes. Again. 

This the fourth 500-year flood event in the Houston area in the past four years.