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.
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Hard to believe it rained again last night with another fine display of thunder and lightning. At least we were spared severe storms this time around. Winds shifting to the west/northwest dry us out today with cooling temperatures into Friday (the nicest day in sight). You may need a Plan B for Saturday; with any luck we salvage a better day on Sunday. No storms with names - which is more than residents of Florida and the Gulf Coast can say. All eyes are on "Invest 99-L", which may ripen into "Hermine" in the days to come.
We've lost 2 1/2 hours of daylight and about 4 degrees off our average high temperature; the sun now as high in the sky as it was in mid-April. No hot fronts are brewing, but today will feel like July; more 80s likely next week. The arrival of cooler air sets off a few T-storms late tonight, but Thursday there will be no doubt in your mind that the atmosphere is shifting gears. More downpours by Sunday? Well, at least the pattern is consistent...
After a less-than-optimal Saturday yesterday restored my faith in a Minnesota August. At the risk of editorializing, it was perfect. A gusty south wind tugs the mercury well into the 80s today and Tuesday; another squall line of heavy T-storms late Tuesday night into early Wednesday marks the leading edge of cooler, drier air. A few T-showers may sprout again by the weekend. I know, what a shock.
Good news on the weather front: today will be even nicer than yesterday! At least we salvage one day of the weekend. With any luck we can dry out a little as we head into the Minnesota State Fair and Labor Day. The maps still look more like June than August.
If you liked Friday you will adore today with gusty northwest winds, off and on showers and temperatures stranded in the 60s. Not a great lake day, but it won't slow too many of us down. Sunday looks brighter, drier and milder after a chilly start. No, it's not quite time to dig out the jackets, not yet. Meanwhile the GFS is pulling a big hurricane into the southeastern USA by late August. We'll see.