First Winter Storm Watch (greatest risk south/east of MSP)
November 7, 2011 — 4:26pm
Winter Storm Watch. The NWS has issued a watch (which means a potential for 6" or more of snow over a 24 hour period) for southeastern Minnesoeta and much of western and northern Wisconsin. The latest watches and warnings are here.
Potentially "Plowable". Oh boy - not sure I'm ready for this. Note the sharp western cut-off to any significant snow accumulation Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. But as much as 6-8" of snow is predicted from Rochester to Menomonie, Wisconsin and Eau Claire. If you're traveling south/east of MSP Tuesday night into Wednesday morning stay up on the latest forecast - make sure you're ready for winter travel conditions.
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I'm happy to take a breather, along with everyone else. As much as I appreciate a good, weather-related adrenaline rush I'll be enjoying a quiet/blue sky into Saturday with temperatures in the 80s and a big drop in dew point. Considering most of America is sizzling away I take nothing for granted. Today's blog focuses on the microburst damage up north. Is the frequency of violent wind storms (derechos and downbursts/microbursts) increasing, or is it just our collective imagination?
I'm happy to report a welcome lack of weather until further notice. Today will be downright comfortable as dew points dip into the low 50s. A touch of stickiness returns by the weekend, but the weather looks downright agreeable (and quiet!) into Sunday. No drama - no wild storms, no sizzling heat. Summer the way it was probably meant to be...
Storms rumble across the state Tuesday, and a few may turn severe. Dew points in the mid-70s will make it feel like mid-90s by late afternoon. Dew points drop into the 50s tomorrow, taking the edge off the heat. Highs reach 85 to 90F the next 5 days before a stronger puff of Canadian air arrives next week. Hottest days behind us? Probably. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Sunday was a remarkable day: bright sun, reasonable humidity levels, no wild storms, no running and screaming - I could temporarily disconnect the Doppler. Today looks dry but a round of storms may rumble overhead early Tuesday as dew points surge into the 70s. No extended Dog Days - some Canadian relief is likely by midweek.
It's July. It gets hot in July on a fairly consistent basis. Highs near 90 and a noteworthy heat index probably shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. The next 3-4 days will be uncomfortable but I do see a dip in dew point the latter half of the week. A closer look at the 7-Day, weather-related disaster declarations, and how weather radar was discovered - quite by accident.