Severe Storm Warnings - Flash Flood Risk Into Evening Hours (tornado risk diminishes)
May 19, 2013 — 5:00pm
Severe Storm Warning. NWS Doppler radar at 5 pm shows a swirl of strong/severe storms pushing toward the north northwest; a significant risk of penny size hail, winds topping 60 mph, frequent lightning, and flash flooding. Details:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
454 PM CDT SUN MAY 19 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
WESTERN PIERCE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
SOUTHWESTERN ST. CROIX COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
* UNTIL 530 PM CDT
* AT 450 PM CDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM 13 MILES SOUTHEAST OF EAGAN TO 11 MILES
NORTHWEST OF RED WING TO 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF RED WING...AND MOVING
NORTH AT 50 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
HUDSON...BAYPORT...BURKHARDT...OAK PARK HEIGHTS AND MARTEL.
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We should be counting our blessings, atmospheric and otherwise. The same bloated heat-pump high pressure ridge responsible for drought, fire and hundreds of weather records out west is keeping our winds blowing from the west to northwest, a wind flow that makes it impossible for the hottest, steamiest air of summer to reach Minnesota anytime soon, at least looking out into the 3rd week of July. I'm starting to think we'll escape the worst of the heat this summer - that's the trend.
I don't miss the 90s and drippy 70-degree dew points, but once again the patterns are slowing down. A semi-permanent ridge of high pressure stapled over the west coast will treat much of the west and south to a heat wave, while burps of Canadian air sneak south of the border every few days, preventing temperatures here from building to uncomfortable levels. No complaints here.
With any luck we'll escape another day of hail and high water. Yesterday's troublesome storm in the upper atmosphere pinwheels away, a more stable sky overhead should mean sunshine, and no weather drama later today. Temperatures still trend cooler than average into next week. Real summer heat is on indefinite hold.