A Plan B Evening - Strong to Severe T-storms Moving In
July 7, 2014 — 4:34pm
Another Round. NWS Doppler radar at 4:33 PM shows heavy to severe T-storms pushing across western and central Minnesota; a Severe Storm Warning in the Willmar/Litchfield area for winds up to 60 mph and 1"+ diameter hail. These storms will impact the MSP metro area between 5 PM and 9 PM, some half inch rains, hail and damaging winds can't be ruled out.
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I can't imagine the weather being much nicer, in October, or any month for that matter. Expect more 60s today as clouds increase, a few rain showers by tonight, but nothing I'd characterize as a "storm". We warm up over the weekend - I still think 80F is a possibility on Sunday. And the GFS brings more 70s into town the following weekend. With an October like this who needs September?
Until further notice there will be no real "weather" in Minnesota. A few showers Thursday, 70s over the weekend - maybe a cooler front next week. But nothing that rises to the level of newsworthy. Unlike South Carolina, where up to 26" of rain fell - an almost unimaginable amount of moisture from one (stalled) system. Details in the blog.
Gazing at the maps, with a persistent west-to-east "zonal" jet stream flow keeping the coldest Canadian air bottled up to our north, I don't see a serious metro frost through at least October 15. A longer growing season, yes, and more ragweed to annoy those of us with allergies. Check the blog for more details.
There was precious little to complain about this past summer, and our weather-luck is spilling over deep into autumn; an autumn that has been neutered, and delayed. I still don't see a good chance of a frost or freeze for the metro area into mid-October. Flurries? Not likely anytime soon. Enjoy the weather honeymoon because at some point the other shoe (boot) will drop. Savor every moment...
Joaquin is pulling out to sea but a stalled storm over the southeast (stalled because of the giant atmospheric roadblock called "Joaquin") is pouring our record, potentially historic rains on the Carolinas, and very rough surf all up and down the East Coast. Our weather looks positively serene by comparison, and our quiet spell of weather is going to hang on into most of next week. I know, amazing...