Heavy, steady rain is soaking the southern half of Minnesota on Memorial Day morning and more bursts of rain are possible Tuesday and Wednesday.
The ongoing wet May and prospects for severe weather on Tuesday into Wednesday are the talkers on this week's episode of the "Way Over Our Heads" podcast with Jim du Bois and climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld.
Anywhere from 1-3 inches of rain, possibly higher amounts for isolated locations, is possible in parts of southern Minnesota. With that, a flood watch has been posted for southeast Minnesota from just south of the metro down through Mankato to just west of Rochester.
Plus, Blumenfeld explains that a cool May tends to pave the way for a cooler than normal summer.
"May has a lot of explanatory power over summer," says Blumenfeld. "A hot May tends to foretell a hot summer. A cool May tends to foretell a cool summer."
Of the 20 coolest Mays on record, only five resulted in a summer that was warmer than the historical average, according to Blumenfeld.
If you'd like to hear more on Minnesota's climate, check out Blumenfeld's upcoming show on Minnesota's changing climatology at Bryant Lake Bowl.