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Mark Anthony

Sunday thunderstorms brought much cooler weather

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It was a very warm weekend across the state. On Saturday temperatures climbed into the upper 80s and low to mid 90s. Like many, I was at a wedding for a family friend. It was a hot day, but like many of you who had wedding or graduation parties, it still was a great day to be among family and friends. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

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Storms pushed across Minnesota on Sunday after the heat on Saturday. A cold-front was the focus of those storms. A severe thunderstorm watch was posted for much of the region for Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. Strong wind was the main threat from those storms as winds in excess of 60 mph were found near Brainerd to Olivia on Sunday. On the backside of that front much cooler weather settled in on Monday.

We got a break from the storms for much of Monday and Tuesday before another system was expected to arrive today (Wednesday).

Another big weekend is coming up with Father's Day upon us on Sunday. It looks like once again we will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms. I know my family is going to get together in Spicer and we have a facility rented just in case the weather doesn't cooperate to do any outdoor grilling along with spending time on the water. This time of the year all of us need to have some contingency plans!

I hope all the area dads, including my own, Cliff, in Willmar has a great day on Father's Day!

Weather history

This week in weather history nearly six inches of rain fell at Mankato. Mudslides "closed roads including Hwy. 169" and caused a great deal of water in area residents homes.

Weather fact

A mudslide is the most rapid and fluid type of downhill mass wasting. It can have speeds of 50 mph. It is a rapid movement of a "large mass of mud formed from loose soil and water." Similar terms are mudflow or mud stream.

Minnesota at a glance

Moorhead: Low 54; High 71.

Duluth: Low 43; High 70.

Park Rapids: Low 51; High 70.

Twin Cities: Low 53; High 76.

Rochester: Low 48; High 75.

Marshall: Low 53; High 71.

Wednesday

Partly cloudy; 40 percent chance of showers/t-storms. High 70; Low 60. Winds: E/SE 10-15 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.20". Sunrise: 5:30 a.m. Sunset: 9:13 p.m. Normal high: 77; Normal low: 56.

A fairly active weather pattern will continue for the midweek into the Father's Day Weekend as there will continue to be chances for showers and thunderstorms along the way.

Thursday

Partly cloudy and breezy; 50 percent chance of showers/t-storms. High 80; Low 66. Winds: SE 15-25 mph. Precipitation: Trace-.25".

Friday

Partly to mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance of showers/t-storms. High 81; Low 66. Winds: S 10-20 mph. Precipitation: .25"-1".

Saturday

Partly cloudy and warm; 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 83; Low 67. Winds: SW 10-15 mph. Precipitation: .10"-.50".

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