East metro faces severe storm watch
- Blog Post by: Paul Douglas
- May 31, 2013 - 4:14 PM
Severe Risk. NWS Doppler at 4:13 pm shows the strongest storms pushing rapidly east of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers, Severe Storm Warnings posted from Durand to Eau Claire.
Severe Storm Watch until 10 PM. SPC has issued a Severe Storm Watch for St. Paul's suburbs, far eastern Minnesota and much of Wisconsin until 10 pm. Large hail and damaging winds are possible with these storms. 1"+ hail covered the ground near Roseville and Arden Hills earlier this afternoon. Details from SPC:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 261 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 235 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST IOWA WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN EASTERN MINNESOTA WESTERN AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN LAKE SUPERIOR * EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 235 PM UNTIL 1000 PM CDT. * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 95 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF GRAND MARAIS MINNESOTA TO 45 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF LONEROCK WISCONSIN. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES. OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 260... DISCUSSION...ISOLATED STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE STRENGTHENING OVER EASTERN MN AND WESTERN WI...IN A REGION OF MODERATE INSTABILITY AND FAVORABLE SHEAR. MULTICELL TO A FEW SUPERCELL STORMS ARE EXPECTED WITH A RISK OF LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. ISOLATED TORNADOES CANNOT BE RULED OUT THIS EVENING...ESPECIALLY OVER PARTS OF SOUTHERN WI WHERE LOW LEVEL MOISTURE IS GREATEST. AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 22025.
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