T-storms Moving In. NWS Doppler at 5:33 PM shows a few storms from Litchfield and Glencoe to St. Peter. You can see a thin line out ahead of the storms, a gust front of cooler air, which may spark more storms closer to MSP by 6 PM. A few downpours are likely into the evening hours, winds aloft too light for significant wind damage or tornadoes.
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Once again, let's all refrain from whining about the humidity or the storms or the bug - or the inevitable cold fronts. Not after seeing the photos and videos from Puerto Rico and the St. Croix. Staggering levels of flooding and wind damage from Maria, which (mercifully) should take a track just east of the USA mainland. What a season...
Tuesday wasn't hard to take: lukewarm with some sunshine and a nice breeze. About as good as it gets in September, or any month. Storms should clear out by late morning as we salvage a nice Wednesday afternoon. A hot front arrives later in the week; 90F not out of the question over southern Minnesota Friday afternoon. Saturday looks hot and sticky with a growing chance of showers and storms into Tuesday of next week as a front limps across the state. Small potatoes compared to what residents of Puerto Rico are bracing for - pretty much a worst-case scenario for the island as Category 5 Hurricane Maria arrives today.
Tracking the carnage in the Caribbean I am amazed by the rapid intensification of Maria yesterday, extremely concerned about potential loss of life in Puerto Rico if the storm strikes tomorrow as a Category 5, and determined not to gripe about Minnesota's weather anytime soon, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. Today looks drier/milder, but watch for strong storms by late evening. A few may turn severe over western Minnesota.
Short-term, Monday looks gray and increasingly wet; puddles possible by midday and likely for the long, slog home Monday afternoon. Another showery swipe arrives early Wednesday, with some .5 to 1 inch amounts by midweek. Jose will push heavy surf and high winds toward Long Island and Cape Cod by Wednesday as Maria Churns through the Caribbean. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Saturday's thundery front pushes east Sunday, leaving us with sunny spells, a drying breeze and upper 60s - a fine fall day. A stray shower Wednesday gives way to more numerous T-storms Wednesday. Models suggest a late-week warming trend with another sloppy, potentially stormy frontal passage next weekend. Naturally. See the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson