** The Strong storms passing through Bay Lake between 5:30 P.M. and 6 P.M. will be more bark than bite but expect frequent lightning, heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Temperatures are just a few degrees to cool for tornadoes but the wind shear - winds changing direction from the Southeast at the surface to the Southwest a few thousand feet off the ground are going to produce some scary looking clouds. Look for heavy rain through 6 P.M. then lighter rain through 8 P.M. and maybe some clearing just before sunset at 9 P.M. Jonathan Yuhas
** A few stronger thunderstorms are possible this afternoon - the best chance for Severe Thunderstorms will be to the south near the Twin Cities - the main time for a few isolated stronger storms in the Bay Lake area will be between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. - the main Severe Weather threat will be gusty winds and frequent lightning.
** Cooler days ahead the rest of the week then warmer by the weekend. Temperatures will be very cool for July on Thursday and Friday then warmer by Saturday. Highs will only be in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees Thursday and Friday which is over 10 degrees below average - winds will be gusty Wednesday through Friday then much lighter by the weekend.
** Lake temperatures are running in the mid 70s around Bay Lake and should be in the upper 70s around July 20th.
The average temperature at Bay Lake in July goes from an average high of 79 and an average low of 56 degrees on July 1st to an average high of 81 and average low of 58 on July 31st. Jonathan Yuhas
TODAY: Cloudy and breezy with a few isolated showers this morning then a few peeks of sun around noon otherwise cloudy with scattered thunderstorms developing during the afternoon and an isolated Strong to Severe Thunderstorm is possible between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M.
High: 72 degrees ( it will be slightly humid with dew points near 60 degrees ).
Wind: Southeast at 11 to 22 mph with higher gusts near thunderstorms.
Chance for rain today: 20% before 2 P.M. then 70% between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. and 60% the rest of the evening.
** The UV Index today is 4, which is MODERATE, meaning you can sunburn in 45 minutes in the noon sun with out sun block even in cloudy conditions.
7 P.M. Weather: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the early evening then partly cloudy after 2 A.M. - temperatures will be in the mid 60s with Southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph. Sunset tonight is 9:03 P.M.
TONIGHT: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers during the evening then partly cloudy.
Low: 58 degrees.
Wind: Southwest at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance for rain tonight: 60% until 2 A.M. then less than 10% after 3 A.M.
WEDNESDAY: Windy with a mix of clouds and sun.
High: 72 degrees.
Wind: West-Northwest at 11 to 22 mph.
Chance for rain: 20% during the morning through 4 A.M. then 0% the rest of the day.
7 P.M. Partly to mostly cloudy, breezy and cool - temperatures will be in the upper 60s with West winds at 8 to 16 mph - chance for rain is 0%. Sunset is 9:02 P.M.
Extended Outlook for the Ruttgers area at Bay Lake, MN:
THU....................68........Partly cloudy, breezy and very cool for mid July.
FRI....................68........Partly cloudy, breezy and still very cool for July.
SAT....................75........Sunny to partly cloudy and warmer.
SUN....................80........Sunny and even warmer.
Average high through the extended period is 80 degrees and the average low is 56 degrees.
Bay Lake Climate Data for today.
Average high:....80 degrees
Average low:.....56 degrees.
Jonathan Yuhas KARE 11 7/15/2009
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.