Strong Storms Rumbling Through Metro (wind gusts to 50 - small hail and urban flooding risk)
September 19, 2013 — 11:36am
Much-Needed Lawn Watering. NWS Doppler radar at 11:04 AM shows a line of strong storms pushing across the metro, whipping up 50 mph winds and small pea-size hail. The most severe storms are over the far north metro, NWS Doppler estimating 2.75" diameter hail east of Cambridge. The severe threat will shift into southeastern Minnesota and much of Wisconsin into the afternoon hours. Remember that a Severe Storm Watch is in effect until 4 PM, including the metro, but the severe threat for the immediate Twin Cities should ease after noon or 1 pm as the most unstable conditions shift south and east of the metro.
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Yes, there were reports of a little snow mixing in with a cold rain over west central Minnesota yesterday; temperatures in the lowest mile of the atmosphere just warm enough for rain in the metro. Things are greening up nicely and models are in agreement that it's going to warm up next week: 60s, 70s, even a shot at 80F. Spring fever returns with a vengeance next week.
I'd rather have 40s and rain than ankle-deep slush (or drought) showing up on the maps. It's supernaturally-green out there, and who can argue with a 7-month boating season again this year? Rain tapers later today with slight improvement by Friday. Saturday showers may pass just south of MSP with a warming trend next week. 70s in one week? Looks plausible...
If you liked yesterday you will love today's weather! Gray, windy and damp with another wave of showery rain pushing in from the southwest later on. The heaviest rains pass south of MSP, tapering tomorrow with a break on Friday before another band of showers arrives late Saturday. It will feel like spring again next week; if the planets align the mercury may kiss 80F the first weekend in May.
Today's severe threat in the Central U.S. is an extension of the the active Pacific flow that will keep on and off rain chances in place for us through the upcoming weekend. Keep in mind that we will be on the northern side of these potent storms, so cool, wind-whipped rain showers will be our main concern. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
MONEven though weather conditions won't be very ideal for us this week, the soaking rains will really help in the long run! The spring green up is well on its way. Unfortunately, I don't see our next wave of warm sunshine until early May. In the meantime, keep those light jackets and something waterproof handy. Cool, active weather will take us through the end of April. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson