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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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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