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Area Weather: May 2009 rivals Dust Bowl days for dry conditions

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It was an extremely dry May across the state. Minneapolis had the third driest May on record with just .46" of an inch of rain. Only the Dust Bowl era year of 1934 and the year 1900 has had less rain during the month of May. Alexandria received only .25" during the month of May. That is 2.77" below normal. Hopefully, we can get some much-needed rain during the weekend. We do have a chance of rain today, tomorrow, and into Monday.

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On another note, for you sky watchers this weekend, Vega is the brightest star shining in the east after dark. Deneb is the brightest to its lower left. Look for Altair farther down to Vega's lower right. These three stars form what is known as the huge "Summer Triangle." Happy viewing!

Have a great weekend and think good thoughts concerning the falling of rain this weekend--my lawn can use it and so can the farmers.

DID YOU KNOW: That the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history was in 1900 with the Galveston, Texas hurricane where an estimated 8,000 people died.

WEATHER HISTORY: 1984: Warm-up across Minnesota. Twin Cities reaches 43.

MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead...Low 47...High 62

Duluth...Low 47...High 66

Alexandria...Low 49...High 65

Twin Cities...Low 57...High 73

Rochester...Low 53 High 75

A cold-front will slide through today and could generate some showers and thunderstorms.

TODAY:

Saturday-Mostly cloudy and cooler, 40% chance of showers. High 56 Low 43, Winds: E at 10-20 mph, Precip: Trace-.10"

Today's sunrise: 5:33 a.m.

Today's sunset: 9:08 p.m.

Normal High: 73

Normal Low: 52

OUTLOOK:

Sunday-Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of showers/thunderstorms. High 59 Low 44, Winds: E at 15-20 mph, Precip: .10"-.50"

Monday-Mostly cloudy, 50% chance of showers. High 59 Low 47 Winds: N 10-15 mph. Prec: .10"-.50"

Tuesday-Mix of clouds and sun with a 30% chance of rain. High 58 Low 45 Winds: WNW 10-15 mph. Prec. Trace-.10"

Wednesday--Partly cloudy, High 64 Low 45 Winds: N 10-15 mph Precip. .00"

Mark Anthony is a meteorologist at KSAX-TV in Alexandria.

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