Driving Optional: More T-storms by Late Afternoon (4-8" amounts possible by tonight - rivaling Superstorm of 1987)
June 19, 2014 — 1:19pm
Last Wave of Heavy Weather Until Late Afternoon? NWS Doppler radar at 11:05 AM shows one more surge of torrential rain pushing across the metro area; another 1"+ likely on top of the 3-4" that has already fallen since midnight. Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect until at least 2:30 PM. Street and stream flooding is taking place, and in some areas flash flooding could rival the extreme flooding of 1987.
6.13" reported at Carver, southwest metro.
3.77" rain at Maple Plain.
* for the first time in 3 years no portion of Minnesota is in a drought. No kidding.
5 PM Future Radar. The map above shows NOAA's HRRR model solution for 5 PM Central Time, one more line of strong to potentially severe storms - and more heavy rain. At the rate we're going I wouldn't be surprised to see some 5-7"+ amounts for parts of the metro by tonight.
Severe Freeway Flooding South Metro. This image courtesy of KARE-11: "This is what Highway 77/Cedar Avenue looks like near the Mall of America in Bloomington after another deluge Thursday morning. Take an alternate route."
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Another free lawn-watering today (showers and T-storms, probably not severe) gives way to a clearing trend and a drop in humidity Thursday. The upcoming weekend looks lake-friendly, warm, but not obnoxiously so. Next week may see a few more 90s with a couple days of dew points in the oh-zone.
Monday was a fine summer day; a touch of heat and humidity, but not as swamp-like as late last week. We may brush 90F today before cooling off later this week - a good chance of heavy showers and T-storms Wednesday and Thursday. Long-range models hint at another hot front as early as next week.
Both Sunday and Monday will be excellent days to get outside, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. At least the heat we've had recently isn't like what they've seen in the Middle East. Click through for more details. - D.J. Kayser