PAST CLIMATE MAPS
The jet stream, the highway for storms, has been riding high over the Northern Plains, pushing the main track for rainfall over northern Minnesota, leaving southern Minnesota, Iowa and much of the nation's Corn Belt severely dry. By the end of July, the jet stream has shown signs of moving southward, positioning itself more over southern Minnesota. This could mean more rainfall for portions of Iowa. It may not be enough to save this season's crop, but it could lessen the impact.
I'm optimistic that precipitation prospects are expected to pick up, with rainfall totaling near normal. As the jet stream moves south, we should see relief from the oppressive heat and humidity. I still think, though, that temperatures will average near normal.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are favored from Wednesday to Friday, August 1-3.
Isolated showers, at best, are expected from Saturday to Tuesday, August 4-7. Sunshine should be the general rule for this time period.
Passing showers and thunderstorms are favored from Wednesday to Friday, August 8-10. Moderate rainfall totals are possible.
A sunny and dry weekend is expected for Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12.
Passing showers and thunderstorms are favored from Monday to Wednesday, August 13-15. Moderate rainfall totals are possible.
Prospects are good for a period of sunshine from Thursday to Tuesday, August 16-21. We might mix in a scattered shower from time to time, but for the most part it should be on the dry side.
Passing showers and thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22-23. Moderate rainfall totals are likely.
Mostly sunny skies are favored from Friday to Monday, August 24-27.
Passing showers and thunderstorms are expected from Tuesday to Friday, August 28-31