PAST CLIMATE MAPS
Minnesota seems to be on the north side of the battle of warm and cold air masses the past few weeks. Minnesota continues to be in a predominantly cooler pattern while just to our south and east, they've received seasonable to slightly above normal temperatures. With this in mind, I'm imagining that we'll find our temperatures fluctuating between cooler and near normal temperatures for the next several weeks. I think we'll notice more seasonable and summer like temperatures as we get deeper into the month.
One thing we're receiving plenty of right now is rainfall, which is quite a contrast from last year. The upper level winds, which are the highway for storms, have been slow in moving north of us. By this time, the jet stream is more to our north, but this year it is still well to our south, which accounts for our cooler and wetter weather. Expect rainfall to continue on the active side for much of the month.
Mostly sunny skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are favored for Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Light rain totals are likely.
Some much needed sunshine is expected on Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4.
Clouds are favored to be on the increase along with showers and thunderstorms from Wednesday to Sunday, June 5-9. Moderate to locally heavy rainfall totals are expected.
Partly cloudy skies are favored on Monday, June 10.
Clouds with showers and thunderstorms are expected from Tuesday to Saturday, June 11-15. Locally heavy rainfall totals are likely with possible severe weather.
Partly cloudy skies with a passing shower or thunderstorm is favored on Sunday, June 16.
The period from Monday to Friday, June 17 to 21, is expected to be very active with showers and thunderstorms. Expect locally heavy rainfall totals.
Clouds are still expected from Saturday to Monday, June 22-24, along with showers and thunderstorms, but lesser rainfall totals are favored.
Heavier showers and thunderstorms are likely on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25-26.
Is the period, Thursday to Sunday, June 27-30, the break we're looking for? I expect the showers and thunderstorms to begin to ease and the return of some lengthy periods of sun to end the month.