Severe Storm Threat Eases Slightly (flash flood risk remains)
May 19, 2013 — 6:49pm
Stormy Swirl. NWS Doppler at 6:46 shows the strongest T-storms pushing north of the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, moving toward Duluth. Another line of moderate to heavy T-storms is approaching from the west, but the storms that blew thru with 1" hail and winds gusting to 58 mph stabilized the atmosphere, reducing the threat of tornadoes.
Minor Damage. NWS data shows 1" rains at Chanhassen, winds gusted to 58 mph at Woodbury, with reports of downed trees and powerlines in western Wisconsin. No tornado reports. More details here.
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Yesterday seemed to confirm my theory that most of Minnesota probably won't have to worry about drought this summer (in stark contrast to severe drought gripping much of the Dakotas). We've seen our fair share of hot days, but our heat spikes pale in comparison to what is on tap from the Midwest to the Mid Atlantic, where the heat index may exceed 110F this weekend. It's muggy out there, but at least we see a few dribbles of Canadian air in the coming days...
Low 80s felt pretty good yesterday, about 10F cooler than Monday as a weak frontal boundary pushed just south of Minnesota, allowing slightly cooler, drier air to dribble south. Much of today looks dry, but watch for a squall line of strong to severe T-storms reaching the metro by the dinner hour. A few more waves of storms push across Minnesota into Saturday, when a cooler front of Canadian ancestry rides to the rescue. The rest of the USA should be so lucky...
Well Monday was pleasant, if you're into hot weather oppression. Low 90s, but a high dew point made it feel more like 100F in the shade by late afternoon. Louisiana with lakes, instead of bayous. Today should be just as sticky but a few degrees cooler thanks to heavy showers and T-storms in the area. A few may turn severe later on, and watch for ponding of water, even flash flooding as T-storms keep redeveloping over the same counties. A surge of comfortable air is shaping up by Sunday and Monday.
Bright sun, cooler temps and much less humidity will make Sunday one of the nicest Sundays this summer, no question. We make a quick turnaround to sweaty weather again Monday with heavy rain potential this week. Check the blog for more. -Todd Nelson