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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The mercury approaches 90F later Sunday before a sluggish front arrives with heavy showers & T-storms Sunday night and Monday, with close to an inch of rain. Daytime highs hold in the 60s this week; nights dipping into the 40s. This freakish July weather-rewind will give way to jackets soon. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
94F yesterday in the Twin Cities with a heat index of 101F? On the first day of autumn? Pretty amazing for late September. Expect more 80s today and Sunday with tropical dew points and scattered T-storms. Enjoy our summer flashback (or not) because cooler, cleaner, Canadian air returns next week, when it will finally feel like fall again.
You may have a huh-what? moment later today as temperatures surge into the low 90s with dew points in the low 70s. Perfectly normal for early July, but late September? Considering we could be experiencing flurries and frost in late September consider it a gift; one more chance to sweat it out. 80s and T-storms spill into the weekend before the inevitable cool-down next week. More on Maria, which has left behind a trail of destruction. I have a very bad feeling about Puerto Rico. Many who survived the storm may not survive the aftermath.
Once again, let's all refrain from whining about the humidity or the storms or the bug - or the inevitable cold fronts. Not after seeing the photos and videos from Puerto Rico and the St. Croix. Staggering levels of flooding and wind damage from Maria, which (mercifully) should take a track just east of the USA mainland. What a season...
Tuesday wasn't hard to take: lukewarm with some sunshine and a nice breeze. About as good as it gets in September, or any month. Storms should clear out by late morning as we salvage a nice Wednesday afternoon. A hot front arrives later in the week; 90F not out of the question over southern Minnesota Friday afternoon. Saturday looks hot and sticky with a growing chance of showers and storms into Tuesday of next week as a front limps across the state. Small potatoes compared to what residents of Puerto Rico are bracing for - pretty much a worst-case scenario for the island as Category 5 Hurricane Maria arrives today.