Showers, storms move east towards Twin Cities Sunday

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After several dry days last week, there's a decent chance for rain Sunday and Monday in the Twin Cities.

Showers and thunderstorms that dumped nearly 4 inches of rain in far southwestern Minnesota will push their way into the Twin Cities Sunday afternoon, KARE 11 says. Pockets of heavy rain are possible at times, and the rain may linger into early Monday.

Humidity and thunder are expected Sunday, which will give way to a big drop in humidity Monday into Tuesday, Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune weather blog. Douglas notes dew points will drop, but by the late week temperatures will be in the 80s with a shot at 90 degrees by next weekend.

Needed rain

After a rainy June, most of the state was drier than normal for the month of July. The University of Minnesota's Weather Talk says the drier-than-normal rainfall pattern last month caused Minnesota crops to significantly deplete the moisture supplies in the soil.

Weather Talk notes most of the state would welcome significant rainfall in August.

Many parts of southern Minnesota have seen less than a half-inch of rain since July 12, Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News Updraft blog. He says the lack of rain in July and August has become a trend in recent years.

Weather Talk also discussed farmers' concerns about August rainfall at this year's Farmfest, saying additional rainfall is needed to maintain good yield prospects for late planted corn and soybeans.

Farmers were also concerned about an early frost, Weather Talk says.

Fall outlook

AccuWeather has taken a look at the long-range forecast for meteorological Fall (September, October and November):

AccuWeather says the polar vortex will return to the Northeast in September, and snowy, cold weather is expected earlier than normal in the Rockies. This cold weather will likely expand to the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois.

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