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Forecast: Warm-to-hot weather to dominate

Issued June 18, 2018: Covering the period from June 20 to 27, 2018

We definitely experienced showers and thundershowers last Friday as predicted, but with warmer-than-expected temperatures, and with higher humidities, the thundershowers became thunderstorms, with some becoming fairly severe across a number of regions. For this forecast period we’ll see a building ridge of high pressure bring plenty of sunshine and warm/hot temperatures. Expect daytime highs to […] Read more

Forecast: Cooler with a chance of some rain

Issued June 11, 2018: Covering the period from June 13 to 20, 2018

Last week’s forecast was a little hit and miss. We didn’t quite see pure sunny skies on Thursday or Friday, but we did see a few showers move through on Friday. Saturday, for most regions, turned out to be a bit of a bust as a moist easterly flow developed that gave most regions clouds, […] Read more

Forecast: Warm summer weather moves back in

Issued June 4, 2018: Covering the period from June 6 to 13, 2018

The early part of last week’s forecast played out pretty close to what the weather models predicted, but the second half kind of fell apart as a strong upper low took control of the weather over the weekend, bringing clouds, rain and cool temperatures. High pressure did build back in to begin the week, which […] Read more

Forecast: Active summer pattern developing

Issued May 28, 2018: Covering the period from May 30 to June 6, 2018

As I pointed out in last week’s forecast, some areas would see rain while other areas might miss out, and this is exactly what happened. While some regions have seen the drought conditions come to an end, other areas continue to struggle with dry conditions. For this forecast period, it looks like we may just […] Read more

Forecast: Hot, but with the chance of rain

Issued May 21, 2018: Covering the period from May 23 to May 30, 2018

My weather forecasts seem to be starting off the same every week now. Last week’s forecast was nearly bang on, except for a little more rain over eastern regions last Friday. For this forecast period, it is going to feel more like mid-summer rather than late spring. While the hot weather will not help those […] Read more

Forecast: Above-average temperatures, little or no rain

Issued May 14, 2018: Covering the period from May 16 to May 23, 2018

Last week again played out about as close to what was forecast as could be expected. The biggest issue with the forecast was the very cold overnight lows we saw late last week. Cold temperatures were predicted, but the extreme overnight lows were a result of very dry air along with very dry surface conditions […] Read more

Forecast: No significant rain expected

Issued May 7, 2018: Covering the period from May 9 to May 16, 2018

Overall, the weather models did a good job with last week’s forecast. There was a little more wind than expected (bad), but temperatures over the weekend and into the first part of this week were warmer than forecast (good). For this forecast period we’ll start with two areas of low pressure influencing our region. The […] Read more

Forecast: Dry but less windy weather expected

Issued April 30, 2018: Covering the period from May 2 to May 9, 2018

Once again, the weather models have been doing a bang-up job with the forecast. The western low developed as predicted over the weekend and we definitely saw warm and windy weather move in — maybe a little too windy in some places. The only deviation from the forecast was the track of the western low […] Read more

Forecast: Warm and dry weather expected

Issued April 23, 2018: Covering the period from April 25 to May 2, 2018

The only problem with last week’s forecast was that temperatures ended up being warmer than forecasted. Otherwise, everything played out very close to what the weather models predicted; it’s actually almost scary how accurate the weather models have been lately. If the weather models continue to be accurate, it looks like we will see another […] Read more

Forecast: Slow warming trend to continue

Issued April 16, 2018: Covering the period from April 18 to April 25, 2018

The slow warming trend looks to continue during this forecast period. Last week’s forecast turned out pretty close to what the weather models predicted. The major storm system forecast for last weekend did develop, and it did stay well to our south, bringing heavy snow to parts of South Dakota and Minnesota and leaving our […] Read more