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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Ah...so THIS is what's supposed to happen during the winter months. Frozen water. What a concept. We get a brief respite today before the next storm approaches from the south Saturday, brimming with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Another 6-8" during the PM hours Saturday? Odds favor a very plowable amount.
Snow lovers may have reason to smile (or at least grin) in the coming days as 2 systems push into Minnesota. Two plowable snowfalls in the span of about 48-72 hours. Even though temperatures rise well into the 30s for highs next week it would be premature to write off winter just yet.
It's still not nearly as nasty-cold as it was 4 winters ago. The winter of 2013-2014 was the coldest since 1936, a true (and increasingly rare) pioneer winter. Meteorological winter has been a few degrees colder than average, but the entire heating season (since last August) is actually running a little warmer than average. We warm up into the 30s next week, but short-term there's another chance for accumulating snow late Thursday; possibly enough to shovel and plow.
February is the bleakest month for many of us - March can't come fast enough. Sure it snows in March, but snow usually melts within a day or 2, and temperatures reach the 30s and 40s - almost a bargain compared to January. Then again, the Twin Cities has cold weather boasting rights for the USA - 5th coldest (big) city in the world? Bold North indeed.