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Volatile Atmosphere Remains - Tornado Watch until 9 PM

Posted by: Paul Douglas Updated: May 8, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Doppler Radar at 5:17 PM. There was a confirmed tornado touchdown 1 mile southwest of St. James - no reports of damage or injury. The atmosphere over southwest and south central MN remains volatile; additional sun is heating the ground and creating intense instability, couple with ample wind shear aloft. The tornado risk isn't over just yet.


Dry Slot. A surge of dry air aloft is temporarily clearing skies over southwest Minnesota, creating conditions favorable for more supercell thunderstorm into the evening hours. The Tornado Watch remains in effect from the Twin Cities on south/west up until 9 PM.


Tornado Watch until 9 PM CT. NOAA SPC has just issued a Tornado Watch, which includes the Twin Cities, Mankato, Redwood Falls and Des Moines, valid until 9 PM. It means conditions are ripe for a few tornadic, supercell thunderstorms. The immediate Minneapolis St. Paul area may be impacted by another round of strong to severe storms after 7-8 PM.

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 130
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   150 PM CDT THU MAY 8 2014

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     WESTERN AND CENTRAL IOWA
     SOUTHERN MINNESOTA
     NORTHEAST NEBRASKA
     SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA

   * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 150 PM UNTIL
     900 PM CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL
       EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH LIKELY

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF
   REDWOOD FALLS MINNESOTA TO 65 MILES SOUTHWEST OF DES MOINES IOWA.
    FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
   OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND 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.

   &&

   DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS ARE ONGOING OVER PARTS OF NORTHERN IA AND
   SOUTHERN MN.  OTHER STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO FORM OVER EASTERN NEB AND
   SPREAD ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.  SUPERCELLS
   CAPABLE OF LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND A FEW TORNADOES ARE
   EXPECTED.

   AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
   SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
   WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
   500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24030.

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