Stormier pattern develops after Monday

Sunshine Monday; showers develop Tuesday

5 day QPF
Total 5 day forecast precipitation
NOAA via pivotal weather

Monday will bring a continuation of beautiful weather and normal temperatures. Showers arrive for some Tuesday with an unsettled pattern ahead.

Clear skies continue Monday

The clear skies made for a nice glimpse of the lunar eclipse Sunday night. Thanks to Gunnar Balstad who captured this shot with an 8-inch Meade and a Nikon D5300. The total lunar eclipse occurred from 10:29 p.m. to 11:53 p.m. Sunday night.

Lunar eclipse Sunday night
Gunnar Balstad

The color of the moon during the eclipse is red for similar reasons we see red toward sunrise and sunset. On the very edges of earth’s horizon, red is the last light to be allowed through as blue light is scattered by earth’s atmosphere.

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Earth's shadow allows only red light to pass onto the moon

High temperatures Monday will be near the normal; low to mid 70s south and 50s and 60s north with abundant sunshine.

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Forecast high temperatures Monday
National Weather Service

Rising waters for many rivers

Northern Minnesota saw many rivers and tributaries rise last night with melting snow and heavy rains. The result has been several rivers at or near flood stage.

Many rivers are near or above flood stage in central and northern Minnesota
National Weather Service

Most of those rivers will continue to go down this week. The St. Louis River at Scanlon peaked at 11.26 feet early Saturday and is down to 10.71 feet Monday. It will likely drop below flood stage late Wednesday.

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River levels on the St. Louis River at Scanlon, Minn.
National Weather Service

The Sauk River at St. Cloud will continue to be high through the week with a slower decline.

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The Sauk River at St. Cloud river levels
National Weather Service

Rain chances rise this week, starting Tuesday

The good news for northern and central Minnesota is that the next round of showers Tuesday will likely be confined to the southern third of Minnesota mostly.

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Showers Tuesday primarily affect southern Minnesota
College of DuPage

The total rainfall map through early Wednesday shows the areas that will be affected the most well.

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Total precipitation Tuesday into early Wednesday
College of DuPage

Temperatures will warm Wednesday and Thursday into the 70s again for southern Minnesota and we’ll see another, more widespread chance of of showers and thunderstorms Thursday. Some of those storms could be strong.

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Day 4 outlook Thursday for possible severe weather
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center