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Severe Storm Watch Southern Minnesota until 9 PM

Posted by: Paul Douglas Updated: July 25, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Severe Storm Watch. NOAA SPC has issued a Severe Storm Watch, which includes Mankato, Rochester and Albert Lea, but does NOT include the immediate Twin Cities metor area, until 9 PM tonight. Details:

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 443
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
140 PM CDT THU JUL 25 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
  NORTHERN IOWA
  SOUTHERN MINNESOTA
  SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN

* EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 140 PM UNTIL
  900 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
  SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
  SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55
STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 60 MILES WEST
NORTHWEST OF STORM LAKE IOWA TO 40 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF LA
CROSSE WISCONSIN.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

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 WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE/INTENSITY
THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ACROSS SRN MN/NRN IA/SW WI IN A ZONE OF
MODERATE INSTABILITY AND ENOUGH VERTICAL WIND SHEAR FOR
ORGANIZED/SUPERCELL STORMS.  THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL POSE A RISK
FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING GUSTS THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON/EVENING.

AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM
MOTION VECTOR 31025.


...THOMPSON


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839
WWUS40 KWNS 251838
WWP3 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH PROBABILITIES FOR WS 0443
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0137 PM CDT THU JUL 25 2013

WS 0443
PROBABILITY TABLE:
PROB OF 2 OR MORE TORNADOES                        : <05%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE STRONG /F2-F5/ TORNADOES         : <02%
PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE WIND EVENTS              :  30%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE WIND EVENTS >= 65 KNOTS          :  10%
PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE HAIL EVENTS              :  30%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE HAIL EVENTS >= 2 INCHES          :  10%
PROB OF 6 OR MORE COMBINED SEVERE HAIL/WIND EVENTS :  60%

&&
ATTRIBUTE TABLE:
MAX HAIL /INCHES/                            : 1.5
MAX WIND GUSTS SURFACE /KNOTS/               : 60
MAX TOPS /X 100 FEET/                        : 500
MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR /DEGREES AND KNOTS/ : 31025
PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION             : NO
 

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