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Severe Storm Watch Northern Minnesota Until Midnight

Posted by: Paul Douglas Updated: July 18, 2013 - 5:11 PM

Ripe For Hail, Damaging Winds, Isolated Tornadoes. NOAA SPC has issued a Severe Storm Watch until midnight, including Brainerd, Bemidji, Hibbing and Duluth. Details:

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 420
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   455 PM CDT THU JUL 18 2013

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     NORTHERN MINNESOTA
     NORTHWEST WISCONSIN
     LAKE SUPERIOR

   * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON FROM 455 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT
     CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH POSSIBLE
     SEVERAL VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE

   THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 50
   STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 70 MILES SOUTHWEST
   OF BEMIDJI MINNESOTA TO 50 MILES NORTHEAST OF GRAND MARAIS
   MINNESOTA.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
   ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
   FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
   DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

   &&

   DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS ARE BEGINNING TO FORM ALONG THE COLD
   FRONT OVER NORTHERN MN.  THIS ACTIVITY SHOULD TRACK EASTWARD ACROSS
   THE WATCH AREA THROUGH THE EVENING.  A FEW SUPERCELLS AND BOW
   STRUCTURES ARE POSSIBLE WITH A RISK OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING
   WINDS.

   AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
   TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 65
   KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM
   MOTION VECTOR 27035.
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