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Park Rapids hits record low of 33

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Some spotty rain fell across Minnesota on Tuesday, but little moisture came from a weak trough of low pressure that impacted the state. The region needed a break from all the rain during the month of May.

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Much of the state has experienced three times the amount of rainfall that is normal for the month. The Twin Cities, for example, received about 10 inches of rainfall during the month. Normal for the month of May is a little over three inches of rain.

Rain impacted much of southern Minnesota on Wednesday night into early Thursday. Central and northern Minnesota saw some very spotty or isolated rain Wednesday night.

Temperatures were very cool for the midweek with the drier air in place. Cold Canadian high pressure drive in the chilly temperatures the past few days. Wednesday morning many locations in northern Minnesota dropped into the lower 30s. Hallock fell to the state low with a reading of 32 degrees. Park Rapids dipped to 33 degrees. That was a record low for Park Rapids as the old record was 36 degrees set-in 1966.

Meanwhile, Alexandria was a much "warmer" 40 degrees for the morning low. That was still ten degrees cooler than normal.

We started to warm-up as we made our way towards the weekend. On Thursday we were back into the mid to upper 60s. Highs by Friday were near 70 degrees.

Rain chances and thunderstorms returned on Friday. Some showers were possible again by Saturday, but by Sunday we should hit the mid to upper 70s and lower 80s. With those warmer temperatures thunderstorm chances will also return.

The break from the heavy rain has been a welcome relief for those dealing with flooding concerns!

Have a great weekend!

Weather history

On this date in 1986 Park Rapids had a record high of 89 degrees!

Weather facts

A rainbow is caused by the sun shining on moisture droplets, most commonly in a post-rain atmosphere. A moon bow is much rarer, only seen at night when the moon is low and full to almost full.

Minnesota at a glance

Moorhead: Low 52; High 77.

Duluth: Low 51; High 76.

Park Rapids: Low 53; High 78.

Twin Cities: Low 58; High 82.

Rochester: Low 56; High 80.

Marshall: Low 55; High 80.

Sunday

Partly to mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers/thunderstorms. High 78; Low 58. Winds: S 10-15 mph. Precipitation: .10"-.40". Sunrise: 5:26 a.m. Sunset: 9:09 p.m. Normal high: 73; Normal low: 52.

Thunderstorms are possible for Sunday as another weather disturbance pushes through the state.

Monday

Partly cloudy. High 77; Low 56. Winds: NW 10-15 mph. Precipitation: None.

Tuesday

Partly cloudy, chance of t-storms late. High 78; Low 59. Winds: NE 10-15 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.25".

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