"Hailers". NWS Doppler at 6:18 PM. 1.5" diameter hail has been reported in Bloomington and Burnsville, the most severe T-storms pushing across the south metro. Here's the latetest Severe Storm Warning valid until 7 PM for much of the southern Twin Cities. Most of the storms will be out of the metro by 8 PM. Details from NOAA:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 613 PM CDT MON JUL 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHEASTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHEASTERN LE SUEUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHERN RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EASTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHWESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 700 PM CDT
* AT 612 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM EDINA TO 6 MILES WEST OF BURNSVILLE TO LE CENTER... AND MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... MSP INTL AIRPORT...BURNSVILLE...FARIBAULT...RICHFIELD...MALL OF AMERICA...FORT SNELLING...EAGAN...LAKEVILLE...NORTHFIELD...CREDIT RIVER...VESELI...KILKENNY...LONSDALE...APPLE VALLEY...MENDOTA HEIGHTS...SOUTH ST PAUL AIRPORT...WEBSTER...ELKO NEW MARKET... SUNFISH LAKE AND LAKEVILLE AIRPORT.
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So long heat index, at least for a few days. Agreeable air, courtesy of Canada, will be with us for the next few days. Clouds build up this afternoon; Friday should be sunnier with less wind and temperatures more typical of late September. After a close encounter with Saturday showers temperatures mellow Sunday and summer heat returns next week. No, we haven't seen the last 90-degree warmth.
Hard to believe it rained again last night with another fine display of thunder and lightning. At least we were spared severe storms this time around. Winds shifting to the west/northwest dry us out today with cooling temperatures into Friday (the nicest day in sight). You may need a Plan B for Saturday; with any luck we salvage a better day on Sunday. No storms with names - which is more than residents of Florida and the Gulf Coast can say. All eyes are on "Invest 99-L", which may ripen into "Hermine" in the days to come.
We've lost 2 1/2 hours of daylight and about 4 degrees off our average high temperature; the sun now as high in the sky as it was in mid-April. No hot fronts are brewing, but today will feel like July; more 80s likely next week. The arrival of cooler air sets off a few T-storms late tonight, but Thursday there will be no doubt in your mind that the atmosphere is shifting gears. More downpours by Sunday? Well, at least the pattern is consistent...
After a less-than-optimal Saturday yesterday restored my faith in a Minnesota August. At the risk of editorializing, it was perfect. A gusty south wind tugs the mercury well into the 80s today and Tuesday; another squall line of heavy T-storms late Tuesday night into early Wednesday marks the leading edge of cooler, drier air. A few T-showers may sprout again by the weekend. I know, what a shock.
Good news on the weather front: today will be even nicer than yesterday! At least we salvage one day of the weekend. With any luck we can dry out a little as we head into the Minnesota State Fair and Labor Day. The maps still look more like June than August.
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