Severe Storm Watch Central/Northern Minnesota until 1 AM
August 26, 2013 — 6:33pm
Ripe For Severe. The atmosphere over the Twin Cities is "capped", too much hot, dry air aloft for convection to fire close to home. But north of a weak frontal boundary strong/severe storms are likely, especially from Moorhead, Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids to Brainerd and Duluth. SPC has issued a Severe Storm Watch (within the orange outline) until 1 AM Tuesday.
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I'm feeling better about our warm fronts after hearing details of the mind-boggling heat gripping Iran and the rest of the Middle East. A 165 degree heat index is absurd, but that's exactly what was reported along the Persian Gulf in Iran on Friday. Much of the USA continues to sizzle but we expect a hint of early September this week - comfortable Canadian air will push into Minnesota in waves. No dog days in sight...
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Another quiet day is shaping up with blue sky and relatively low humidity levels. Expect more oohs and aahs. A thundershower may pop up Saturday night, but most of the weekend looks good with temperatures at or even a couple degrees above average. The worst of the heat (and heavy rain) continues to stay south of Minnesota looking out 2 weeks. Beyond that the crystal ball gets a bit murky...
I'm happy to take a breather, along with everyone else. As much as I appreciate a good, weather-related adrenaline rush I'll be enjoying a quiet/blue sky into Saturday with temperatures in the 80s and a big drop in dew point. Considering most of America is sizzling away I take nothing for granted. Today's blog focuses on the microburst damage up north. Is the frequency of violent wind storms (derechos and downbursts/microbursts) increasing, or is it just our collective imagination?