Here is a depiction of the latest heat watches and warnings. The red-shaded areas represent Excessive Heat Warnings; the lighter-colored shading represents Excessive Heat Watches. It makes some sense that the always-cooking urban core could be under a warning when surrounding areas are under watches. But what makes less sense to us is why there would be a warning for two counties (one in Minnesota, one in Wisconsin) that are midway between the Twin Cities in Duluth. Is the heat really expected to arrive in such an unusual arc pattern? Or is the thinking that the two counties didn't receive much rain today and thus will heat up faster? Hmm.... Professional meteorologists, what can you tell us?