Million Dollar Soaking (severe threat shifts south/east of MSP)
September 19, 2013 — 11:48am
Severe Threat Pushes Into Wisconsin. NWS Doppler at 11:37 AM. The initial gust front and heaviest rains are now pushing east of the St. Croix into Wisconsin, a nice, long soaking rain lingering into early afternoon, with heaviest amounts over central Minnesota, where some .50-.75"+ amounts are likely. We need this rain badly, and it could make a significant dent in our ongoing drought. Severe Storm Warnings are still posted between Mora and Shell Lake. Minor flash flooding has been reported in the Cambridge area, far northern suburbs. Tweet below courtesy of Seth Kaplan:
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Monday felt like a typical day....in mid-July. A minor reality check sets in today as winds blow from the north; chasing downpours into Iowa and Wisconsin, treating us to a cooling trend into Thursday. We warm up a little next weekend with scattered T-storms by Sunday and early Labor Day. Hey, it's a holiday - keep expectations low. No storms with names....
Well, at least it was better than Saturday. After a foggy (thundery) start the sun came out and temperatures reached the mid-80s. Up north severe storms erupted, even a few large and violent (PDS) tornadoes in Polk County. Yes, a bit odd for late August. Expect sticky sun today with another round of irritable storms later in the day. We cool off and dry out by midweek - more storms may be brewing next weekend, but not as formidable as what residents of Florida and the Carolinas are tracking.
I'm happy to report that today will be even nicer than yesterday! That's a pretty low bar, granted, but we should top 80F today with some sunshine, higher humidity and a few stray T-storms. 80s will be the rule this week, with warmer than average weather spilling into Labor Day weekend. The risk of a Gulf Coast hurricane seems to be increasing again - water temperatures in the Gulf are very warm, which may fuel a big storm within a few days.
Thursday was a breath of fresh air and today will be another fine day with blue sky, light winds and no rain (amazing). Showers and T-storms return late tonight into Saturday as the atmosphere tries to warm up again - Sunday should be sunnier, warmer and drier. Summer comes rushing back next week with more 80s, even a few 90s possible by the end of next week. Hermine impacting Florida and the Gulf Coast? Still a definite maybe, but the storm is a sloppy mess; it's unclear if and when conditions will be ripe for strengthening.
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