Saturday 7/11/20: Early rain in Minneapolis, but then what?

Well, I woke up at 5:52 a.m. to thunder over the house, which is about the 2nd of 3rd time this week I’ve woken up sometime around 4-6 a.m. due to thunderstorms this week. I’m sure I’m not alone!

Here was a tweet I shared shortly after waking up, after the 2nd dose of rain of the morning:

This morning I decided to stay up, however, and write this forecast!

Looking ahead, we get about 6-7 hours of sunshine to heat things up into the middle 80s today, and then another round of afternoon thunderstorms shows up. Here’s a look at our 7-day extended forecast:

Based on this morning’s short-term model runs, I’d imagine we’ll stay dry at least through about 2 p.m., and then start to see thunderstorms popping up around us in the Twin Cities.

Here’s the model forecasted future radar by 2 p.m.:

Note that we’ll have kind of a dual effect happening — with storms forming ahead of that broken line you see above, and also that broken line of thunderstorms. All will be moving east/southeast.

Looking further ahead, we see dry weather, then, for Sunday and Monday, with heavier rain — possibly upwards of an inch or more of rain — coming on Tuesday.

Stay tuned!

Published by Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer

Aaron graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, and worked as a meteorologist in television for 8 years (NBC affiliates in Wyoming and South Dakota, and the CBS/Fox affiliate in Cedar Rapids, IA, prior to working at the cable weather station WeatherNation). While in Iowa, Aaron worked as a storm chaser and on-air meteorologist, where he went on dozens of storm chases and saw a number of tornadoes.