**Some Strong Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon near the Bay Lake area. Scattered thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon around the Minneapolis / St.Paul area and then drift north toward Bay Lake after 3 P.M. The most likely time for thunderstorms will be around 5 P.M. The more intense storms will be to the south closer to the Twin Cities but isolated Strong to Severe storms with brief heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds and hail are possible near the Bay Lake area between 4 P.M. and 7 P.M.
TODAY: Sunny this morning then becoming partly cloudy - isolated showers and thunderstorms will develop after 3 P.M. - some of the storms when they first develop could be Strong to Severe with heavy downpours, hail and high wind gusts.
High: 71 degrees.
Wind: Southwest at 7 to 14 mph with higher gusts near thunderstorms.
Chance for rain today: 10% at noon then 40% at 3 P.M. and 60% between 4 P.M. and 8 P.M.
** The UV Index today is 6, which is MODERATE, meaning you can sunburn in 25 minutes in the noon sun with out sun block even in cloudy conditions.
7 P.M. Weather: Mainly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms - temperatures will be in the mid 60s - winds will be Southwest at 6 to 12 mph. Sunset 8:26 P.M. Chance for rain is 60%.
TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms through 10 P.M. then partly cloudy with areas of patchy fog - winds will become light and variable after 10 P.M.
Low: 47 degrees.
Wind: Southwest at 6 to 12 mph.
Chance for rain tonight: 60% between 6 P.M. and 8 P.M. then 10% at 10 P.M. and 0% after 11 P.M.
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy and breezy with a slight chance for an afternoon isolated thunderstorm between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. - most areas will be dry.
High: 70 degrees
Wind: Northwest at 9 to 18 mph.
Chance for rain: 30% from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. then 0% after 7 P.M.
7 P.M. Partly cloudy and breezy - chance for rain is 10% - temperatures will be in the mid 60s with Northwest winds at 7 to 14 mph.
FRI.....................60.......Sunny in the morning then increasing clouds in the afternoon with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing after 4 P.M. - chance for rain after 4 P.M. is 60% and 80% after 7 P.M.
SAT....................53........Cloudy, breezy and cool 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.....................60.......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 5/06/2009
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.