Climatologically speaking, July 4th is frequently hot or stormy or a combination of both.
This long holiday weekend is sticking to that trend with the scales tipping in favor of heat, although strong thunderstorms cannot be ruled out, particularly for northern Minnesota.
In this week's episode of the Way Over Our Heads podcast, climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois discuss the recent heavy rains, more steamy days ahead and some major weather events of Fourth of July’s past.
"Almost every Fourth of July you either have intense heat or heavy thunderstorms producing possibly severe weather and possibly very heavy rains," says Blumenfeld, who pointed back to the 1999 Independence Day derecho that toppled tens of millions of trees in northern Minnesota.
"This will be the year for getting in the water and staying hydrated because it's going to be hot," said Blumenfeld, who also notes in the podcast that the heat will continue before more widespread storms become possible again next week.
Lo and behold, the forecast for Saturday in Minneapolis currently calls for a high of 92 with plenty of humidity and a chance of storms.