Paul Douglas: 2" hail in Edina, trees down in St. Louis Park
August 6, 2013 — 8:39pm
More Severe Storms. The good news: no reports of confirmed tornado touchdowns. The bad news: many of these storms are still spawning 1-2.5" diameter hail. NWS Doppler at 8:12 PM is showing evidence of 2.5" hail east of Rosemount, more severe storms with 1-2" hail from near Waconia to Excelsior, a squall line of strong to severe storms pushing into Elk River and Buffalo.
Shelf Cloud. When you see a cloud formation like this I hope it's on your way to the basement, or someplace safe. Meteorologist Todd Nelson snapped this photo at severe, straight-line winds were approaching the Albertville/St. Michael area.
Trees Down In St. Louis Park. Straight-line winds may have reached 60 mph+ as the first (supercell) storm swept through the metro around 6:30 to 7:30 PM. This is a photo from Bridget Brask in St. Louis Park, via Lori Ryan at WeatherNation TV.
Supercell. I took this photo in the Excelsior area around 6 PM as a severe storm was approaching Hennepin County.
1.75" diameter hail reported at Bloomington and Eden Prairie. 2" hail pelted Edina as the first wave of severe weather pushed thru. For the latest severe reports from the National Weather Service click here.
Quarter Size Hail. My friend and business partner, Todd Frostad, measured quarter-size hail at his home in Chanhassen.
Double Rainbow. WeatherNation TV meteorologist Todd Nelson captured this amazing double rainbow at his home in St. Michael after the severe storm rolled thru.
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Soaking rains arrive Tuesday night and Wednesday. Some lawns and gardens could get a healthy drink as models are suggesting nearly 1 inch of rain in a few spots. A few sputtery rain showers will be possible on Friday and Saturday, but it won't be a washout. Hot and sweaty weather looks to return by July 4th.
Yes, I know. It's too cool for the lake. I feel your pain - there were whitecaps on my lake too, and only the brave and foolish were in the water. This cool spell isn't sustainable. The sun is too high in the sky - there is too much overheated air over the southern USA. At some point it will warm up. Probably overnight. Like turning on a light switch. Might I recommend that you embrace the comfortable readings, because within 1-2 weeks young and old alike will be muttering about the heat and humidity. Wait for it.
Saturday was interesting, more early October than late June. Instability showers and T-storms dropped small hail, sparking wind gusts over 40 mph. Today should be a notch better with more sun and fewer showers popping by afternoon. Temperatures mellow a bit this week, but I don't see 80s until the latter half of next week. A lot of people are whining about the lack of lake-worthy heat, but I don't mind the free A/C one bit.
Just think of all the cold cash you're going to save on cold pop, ice cream and A/C this weekend! I know - not funny. Minnesotans get indignant when their summer weekends don't match what they were daydreaming about a few months ago. The weather won't be lake-worthy, but at least we're not suffering through a dangerous heatwave, like much of the southwestern USA and southern Plains. Be careful what you wish for...
We've been hearing so much about the debilitating heat gripping much of the USA, the epicenter of pain over the southwestern states. There is no sign of that heat sweeping into Minnesota anytime soon. In fact I see a continued cool bias for the next 2 weeks, no prolonged warming trend (80s or hotter for days on end) until maybe the second week of July at the earliest. We're making up for a very warm start to June, it seems. Details on Cindy, which has weakened, but continues to threaten much of the Mid South and Ohio Valley with flooding rains.