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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I am happy to report that our first 60 degree highs of 2018 are in the forecast this weekend, which would be the first since around Thanksgiving, nearly 5 months ago! I predict that many will feel feverish today with raging spring fever setting in Monday as we make a run 70 across parts of the state. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It's been a long, snowy slog, but spring will finally break out in the coming days with 50s giving way to a few 60s by next week. Most of the snow in your yard should be gone by Sunday or Monday (give or take a month). It's a dry pattern; in spite of a slight shower chance next Tuesday many towns in Minnesota should stay rain (and snow) free into most of next week. It's about time.
No question: we've earned our summer this year, more than most years. It was the coldest winter season in 4 years, with the most snow since 2010-2011. La Nina flavored our winter with a cold, wet bias, but I'd still bet a stale bagel next winter won't be as forbidding. Time will tell, but the headline is warmth, reluctant warmth is finally showing signs of paying Minnesota a visit. About time.
I'm as ready as you are to turn the page and celebrate the (very late) arrival of spring. We're almost there. Today's system may brush the metro with a coating of slush - maybe plowable for Rochester and Albert Lea but probably not in the metro area. Next week may restore some measure of faith in a fickle Minnesota spring.
Any moment now we're going to turn the corner. I suspect a "light-switch spring". Like turning on a light switch: slush to 60s in the meteorological blink of an eye. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but with a sun angle as high in the sky as it was in late August - at some point it HAS to warm up. Right? Right?