FOX 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard lives his life through one simple run-on sentence; I love my life, I love my wife, I love my daughters and I love my dog...I kinda like the cats.
In the past three years Ian survived cancer, finished the Lake Placid Ironman 140.6 and learned to empty the dishwasher at home. He works tirelessly for the 8,000 plus athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota all year long with the annual Polar Plunge in the winter and his Bad Pants Open Golf Tournament in the fall.
Through it all Ian has helped raise over $20 million for Special Olympics Minnesota in the past 14 years and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro and much of central and southern Minnesota through 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Widespread rain and weak rumbling storms continue Wednesday afternoon for the Twin Cities metro and much of southern Minnesota, but the severe weather chances for the area have greatly diminished.
Smoke from wildfires in Ontario, Canada created a thick haze in Minnesota that will persist through Monday.
Some rumbling thunderstorms brought hail to the Twin Cities area Tuesday night.
Near record-high temps in the low 80s and higher dew points create hot and somewhat more humid conditions that will set the stage for possible storms Monday evening as a cold front rolls in from the west. Possible threats include damaging winds and large hail.
A push of arctic air is rolling across the Minnesota area Tuesday night, which is expected to drop overnight low temperatures near zero Wednesday morning.
Much of Minnesota experienced an October-like day Wednesday as high temperatures passed 50 degrees in parts of the state.
Tuesday was the warmest Presidential Election Day on record in Minnesota.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued Sunday night as a strong thunderstorm with rotation southwest of Brooten, Minn. tracked northeast across the state.
Many people are feeling isolated at home amid the pandemic and FOX 9's Ian Leonard is working to raise people's spirits.