**By no means is today a significant severe weather day but a few isolated Strong Thunderstorms are possible from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. in an area from Andover ( far north Metro to Aitkin – east central MN ) – the biggest Severe weather threat will be hail as the storms first develop. Also there may some mid level rotation in the atmosphere to produce a brief funnel cloud around the Bay Lake / Mille Lacs area this afternoon.
TODAY: Breezy with partly to mostly cloudy skies and showers and thunderstorms developing after 1 P.M. - some of the storms when they first develop could be Strong with gusty winds, hail and possibly a funnel cloud.
High: 66 degrees.
Wind: South-Southwest at 9 to 18 mph with higher gusts near thunderstorms.
Chance for rain today: 20% at noon then 80% between 1 P.M. and 6 P.M.
** The UV Index today is 3, which is LOW, meaning you can sunburn in 45 to 50 minutes in the noon sun with out sun block even in cloudy conditions.
7 P.M. Weather: Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms - temperatures will be in the low 60s - winds will be Southwest at 8 to 16 mph. Sunset 8:25 P.M.
TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms - winds will become lighter after 10 P.M.
Low: 47 degrees.
Wind: Southwest at 6 to 12 mph.
Chance for rain tonight: 60% between 6 P.M. and 10 P.M. then 40% at 11 P.M. and 10% after 1 A.M. through sunrise Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY: A mix of clouds and sun with spotty thunderstorms in the afternoon - some of the storms could produce gusty winds and hail.
High: 70 degrees
Wind: Southwest at 9 to 18 mph.
Chance for rain: 10% 5 A.M. thru 10 A.M. then 30% 10 A.M. through 2 P.M. and 70% after 3 P.M. through 9 P.M.
7 P.M. Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms - chance for rain is 70% - temperatures will be in the mid 60s with Southwest winds at 8 to 16 mph.
THU.....................66.......Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance for showers and thunderstorms - chance for rain is 40%.
FRI.....................60.......Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms - chance for rain is 60%.
SAT....................56........Cloudy with rain in the morning then a chance for showers in the afternoon - skies will start clearing in the late afternoon - chance for rain is 70% before noon and less than 40% in the afternoon.
SUN.....................62.......Partly cloudy and cool for May.
Average high through the extended period is 65 degrees and the average low is 42 degrees.
Bay Lake Climate Data for today.
Average high:....63 degrees
Average low:.....41 degrees.
Jonathan Yuhas KARE 11 5/05/2009
Click on the boxes below to view live radar data from the National Weather Service in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Duluth/Superior and Fargo/Grand Forks. The radars will indicate active areas of thunderstorms and rain near the Bay Lake/Brainerd areas - Bay Lake is about 20 miles southeast of Brainerd.