It's been a while since we have seen a good storm roll through our area, and luckily this week there is at least a chance for rain. If we are lucky we could even see a thunderstorm roll through. It feels like it's been forever since I've had the opportunity to watch a storm, and I miss that. Storm spotting from our driveways is a favorite pastime in our great state, and if you forgot how to participate, take a look at some essentials you'll need.

8 Essentials to Have on Hand for Storm Watching in Minnesota

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Just for reference, the lowest average 31-day accumulation in St. Cloud is 3.1 inches. We've been battling a drought this summer, so here's hoping we get more rain than that this coming month. Tuesday, July 6th brings a chance of rain to Central Minnesota, and we could even see rain showers Friday and Saturday. To stay up to date with the latest weather news from our area, be sure to download our station's mobile app and opt it in for contest alerts. We will keep you in the know about everything happening in the sky.

Happy storm watching this summer in Minnesota and cross your fingers for some rain.

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