Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 5:35AM||Sunset 9:02PM||Thursday July 9, 2020 5:29 AM CDT (10:29 UTC)||Moonrise 11:02PM||Moonset 9:08AM||Illumination 84%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 412 AM CDT Thu Jul 9 2020
SHORT TERM. (Today through Friday) Issued at 412 AM CDT Thu Jul 9 2020
Two convective clusters - one over northern Minnesota (heading east northeast) and the other over northeast Kansas (heading southeast) are diverging, leaving a large void over most of the CWA. An outflow boundary associated with the MN cluster is pushing east across eastern MN and a few showers have developed behind it. Not expecting these to build into much and little activity is anticipated through the morning as the overnight convection has contaminated the prefrontal atmosphere across the CWA. As the surface cold front heads southeast this afternoon, it will encounter a recovering airmass over southern MN and WI. Warm and unstable air should allow thunderstorm development to take place before quickly shifting to the southeast this evening. The severe threat is low and should be sporadic like it has been during the last couple days. A couple storms could produce large hail and damaging winds.
A Canadian airmass with the coolest temperatures since late June will arrive tonight. Lows in the upper 50s to mid 60s are expected. Will need to watch out for fog formation with crossover temperatures being met and winds decoupling. The column will be rather dry, however, so not forecasting anything widespread.
A seasonably warm day with comfortable humidity and plenty of sunshine is on tap for Friday.
LONG TERM. (Friday night through Wednesday) Issued at 412 AM CDT Thu Jul 9 2020
Two pattern shifts should take place into late July. An intense ridge will retreat to the southwest and build to over 600 dm, allowing a trough to develop across the north central and eastern parts of the United States. This will result in northwest flow for the Upper Midwest and a fairly active pattern. Numerous systems coming onshore the Canadian Pacific coast will send smaller disturbances across the Northern Plains to Great Lakes, offering periodic thunderstorm chances. Some severe weather will be possible with these, but such fine scale features responsible for that possibility are not well forecast beyond about 12 hours. Therefore, precip probabilities are broad and reside in the mid range until confidence increases either way. This pattern will keep temperatures near normal with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.
The pattern will shift again by the middle of next week as the ridge spreads eastward across the southern half of the country. By late next week, model guidance has been fairly consistent in showing a massive ridge of nearly 600 dm encompassing the southern two thirds of the U.S. An intense heat wave would be expected with the possibility of widespread 100s under the ridge into late July. Ensemble spread is quite large for us being on the edge and ranges from the intense heat scenario to a cooler and stormier pattern in the ring of fire. Either way, it will be interesting to watch.
AVIATION. (For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night) Issued at 1127 PM CDT Wed Jul 8 2020
Generally VFR conditions throughout. There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms. These storms should weaken as they move eastward overnight, but could see some redevelopment on Thursday, especially east of I-35.
KMSP . Generally VFR conditions throughout, but could have some thunderstorms on Thursday. As of now the best chance is around mid-day. Winds should become northwesterly.
/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/ FRI . VFR. Wind NW at 10-15 kt. SAT . VFR with -TSRA possible. Wind NW at 10 kt. SUN . VFR. Wind VRB at 05 kt.
MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. WI . None. MN . None.
SHORT TERM . Borghoff LONG TERM . Borghoff AVIATION . JRB
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|Minneapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN||9 mi||37 min||no data||10.00 mi||Thunderstorm Light Rain||79°F||72°F||79%||1008.8 hPa|
|Minneapolis, Crystal Airport, MN||9 mi||37 min||SW 6||8.00 mi||Thunderstorm in Vicinity Light Rain||79°F||71°F||77%||1007.6 hPa|
|Minneapolis - Flying Cloud Airport, MN||9 mi||97 min||S 7||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||79°F||70°F||74%||1007 hPa|
|South St. Paul Municipal-Richard E. Flemi, MN||14 mi||54 min||S 5||10.00 mi||Fair||78°F||72°F||83%||1008.5 hPa|
|Minneapolis / Blaine, MN||17 mi||55 min||SW 7 G 14||7.00 mi||Heavy Rain||81°F||71°F||74%||1008.5 hPa|
|Downtown Holman Field, MN||18 mi||37 min||SW 6||10.00 mi||Thunderstorm in Vicinity||80°F||72°F||76%||1008 hPa|
|Minneapolis, Airlake Airport, MN||23 mi||54 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||79°F||77°F||94%||1009.1 hPa|
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