Spotty thunderstorms bring some rain to parts of northern Minnesota Monday

A few strong storms packing high winds

The search for rain continues across the Upper Midwest.

A weak front across northern Minnesota is triggering a few scattered thunderstorms Monday. The rain is spotty in coverage, but at least a few locations have seen a welcome, if brief, downpour.

Radars Monday afternoon detect a broken line of thunderstorms drifting slowly southward.

Radar across northern Minnesota Monday afternoon
Radar across northern Minnesota Monday afternoon
NOAA via Weather Underground

There have been a few severe weather reports with cells in eastern North Dakota. Storms produced winds over 50 mph and some gusts in excess of 60 mph.

  • 6 SE Kempton [Grand Forks Co, ND] MESONET reports TSTM WND GST of M57 MPH at 1:10 PM CDT -- MEASURED 57 MPH GUST AT NDAWN STATION KEMPTON 6 SE.

  • Hatton [Traill Co, ND] PUBLIC reports TSTM WND GST of E65 MPH at 1:18 PM CDT -- ESTIMATED 60 TO 70 MPH IN HATTON.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center has been watching the situation. Though a few storms may produce damaging wind gusts, widespread severe weather is unlikely. NOAA estimates just a 5 percent chance of a severe weather watch for the area.

Elsewhere across northern Minnesota, a marginal risk for severe storms remains.

Severe weather risk areas
Severe weather risk areas
Duluth National Weather Service

Overall rainfall coverage looks spotty once again. Most areas will receive little rain. Some lucky spots my pick up an inch under local downpours.

European model (ECMWF) rainfall forecast
European model (ECMWF) rainfall forecast through Thursday morning.
ECMWF via pivotal weather

The localized coverage of rainfall is only enough to minimize fire danger temporarily where the rain falls. Fire danger is still in the critical range across northern Minnesota.

Fire danger Monday
Fire danger Monday
Duluth National Weather Service

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