Minnesota State Fair Weather So Far

State Fair from the Fire Tower on September 2, 2022
D.J. Kayser
State Fair on September 2, 2022
D.J. Kayser

Pictures from the Minnesota State Fair on September 2, 2022. Credit: D.J. Kayser.

I went out to the State Fair with my wife Rebecca on Friday, and of course, I had to choose one of the warmest days of the Fair to go. And a week before we went a lot of models were showing pretty nice weather (the upper 70s or low 80s, not the 88F that was recorded at MSP) for this past Friday… such is life in the weather model world. We tried both the pickle pizza and the chicken cheese curd tacos – and definitely would recommend them! But last I checked this isn’t a food column, it’s a weather column.

Here’s a look at the weather for the first nine days of the Fair (through Friday). We started out with six straight days with highs right around 80F before we saw the upper 80s for Wednesday through the second Friday of the Fair. With the much more pleasant weather we saw on Saturday – and that is expected to continue through Labor Day – we won’t see a 90F degree day during this State Fair. The last time we did was a six-day stretch between August 24th and 29th in 2013. Meanwhile, the 88F/89F degree days were the warmest day of the State Fair since September 1, 2018 (88F).


National Weather Forecast

On Sunday of Labor Day weekend, a couple of systems will bring shower and thunderstorm potential across the eastern and southern United States. An isolated rain shower is also possible in parts of the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, record highs can be expected out west with excessive heat continuing. More on that is below.

Two pockets of heavy rain can be expected through Labor Day Monday – one in the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys, and another in southern Texas. In these areas, over 3” of rain will be possible.

In the Atlantic, we are tracking two systems – Danielle in the north Atlantic which won’t impact much other than boats, and Earl which is sitting north of the Leeward Islands. The good news with Earl is that it looks like the storm will quickly curve back out to sea, potentially even passing south of Bermuda. Out in the East Pacific, Javier is near Baja California but is expected to start moving westward.


Record-Breaking Heat Through The Middle Of Next Week In The Western U.S.

Praedictix Corporate Weather Briefing: Saturday morning, September 3nd, 2022

Key Messages:

  • A dangerous and long duration heat wave will continue to impact the Western United States through the Labor Day holiday weekend through the middle of next week.
  • Numerous record high temperatures and some all-time monthly record highs are expected across the region with highs in the 90s and 100s.

Widespread Excessive Heat Continues. As we continue to head through the extended Labor Day weekend, many areas are under Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings from California to Montana. Excessive Heat Warnings are in place through Tuesday for places like Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Sacramento is under their Excessive Heat Warning from Sunday through Wednesday.

Forecast Highs Through Tuesday. Numerous record highs are expected across the western United States as we head through the middle of the week, with temperatures easily climbing into the 90s and 100s across the region. In Sacramento, a high of 112F is expected both Monday and Tuesday, which would be the hottest temperature recorded in September (current hottest is 109F). Remember that heat is the number one killer in the United States, with an average of 138 killed per year between 1990-2019.

Critical Fire Danger. We are also tracking a critical fire danger from northern California to the western Dakotas today due to the hot temperatures and low humidity, gusty winds and the potential of a few thunderstorms in some areas. These conditions would allow fires that ignite to quickly spread across the region.

D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, Praedictix


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– D.J. Kayser