Second Wave of Strong/Severe Storms Coming (Storm Watch until 4 PM)
September 19, 2013 — 10:46am
Severe Storm Doubleheader. NWS Doppler at 10:45 AM. The first wave of 60 mph winds and 1-2" diamter (at least penny size) swept across Hennepin County - severe storm warnings are still posted from near St. Cloud into the far northern suburbs. A second squall line may interact with the outflow boundary from the first surge of storms, sparking more strong to severe storms for the rest of the metro area by midday. Stay alert. Here is the latest NWS Warning:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
954 AM CDT THU SEP 19 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SOUTHWESTERN ISANTI COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SHERBURNE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 1045 AM CDT
* AT 950 AM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES EAST OF
LAKE MARIA STATE PARK...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.
HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ELK RIVER...BIG LAKE...SAND DUNES STATE FOREST...SHERBURNE NATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE...ZIMMERMAN...CEDAR...ST FRANCIS AND BETHEL.
PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A WELL-BUILT STRUCTURE. STAY AWAY FROM
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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.
So long heat index, at least for a few days. Agreeable air, courtesy of Canada, will be with us for the next few days. Clouds build up this afternoon; Friday should be sunnier with less wind and temperatures more typical of late September. After a close encounter with Saturday showers temperatures mellow Sunday and summer heat returns next week. No, we haven't seen the last 90-degree warmth.
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