It’s been a busy weather period since we last met in the Twin Cities. Since yesterday morning we’ve seen large rainfall totals around the metro from two different rounds of thunderstorms, and there’s more on the way.
Here’s a look at your Minneapolis 7 day forecast (and St. Paul 7 day forecast):
Let’s get into the rain situation. This is turning into one of those rainy Minnesota weeks. We kicked it off yesterday and then last night, and this morning there’ll still be some minor showers that’ll return between about 8 and 10am.
Assuming we see a little bit of sun and/or enough moisture is still hanging around this afternoon in the lower atmosphere, we could see pop-up isolated thunderstorms form.
The next organized rain event comes later, then, as we approach late-evening hours:
We could pick up another round of 1/2″+ rain in the Twin Cities by morning, as we then wait for the next round of rain to arrive later Wednesday. That one could leave us with more heavy rain.
Hey, at least you don’t have to water your garden!
If you’re still reading and are curious about why we’re seeing so much rain, you need to look no further than that jetstream – that river of air miles up in the atmosphere. In fact, if we go up about 75% of the way to the top of the atmosphere and peek at winds, here’s what it looks like:
Not only does that image above show the jetstream having dipped south, allowing cooler air over our local area and the northernmost states of the United States, but it also shows a curl northward just to our east. That’s what keeps directing storms right over us, with more to come. Stay tuned!
Follow Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer on Twitter. Aaron is a meteorologist who lives in Minneapolis, is on the Midtown Greenway Coalition's board of directors, and is the digital communications and social media associate for the nonprofit Avivo in Minneapolis. Deep down he's a weather geek and has a degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences from UW-Madison to prove it. He's spent time working at TV stations in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa prior to arriving in Minneapolis to work for WeatherNation and now forecasting for MinnyApple. His favorite weather career moment came while storm chasing for his Iowa station (he went on 40+ storm chases during that time), when he saw a mile-wide EF-4 rated tornado.