Ripe For Hail, Damaging Winds, Isolated Tornadoes. NOAA SPC has issued a Severe Storm Watch until midnight, including Brainerd, Bemidji, Hibbing and Duluth. Details:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 420 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 455 PM CDT THU JUL 18 2013 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHERN MINNESOTA NORTHWEST WISCONSIN LAKE SUPERIOR * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON FROM 455 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT. * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH POSSIBLE SEVERAL VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 50 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 70 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BEMIDJI MINNESOTA TO 50 MILES NORTHEAST OF GRAND MARAIS MINNESOTA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES. && DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS ARE BEGINNING TO FORM ALONG THE COLD FRONT OVER NORTHERN MN. THIS ACTIVITY SHOULD TRACK EASTWARD ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH THE EVENING. A FEW SUPERCELLS AND BOW STRUCTURES ARE POSSIBLE WITH A RISK OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 65 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 27035.
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It could be worse. It can always be worse. We're not being chased from our homes by a wall of flames. Wildfires are racing across Oklahoma and much of the southern Plains. No severe weather (it's too cool and stable overhead for anything wild anytime soon). And we're not dreading the 7-Day the way residents of Seattle area, where rain is a given, but the last few months have been excessively wet, even by soggy Seattle standards. Skies brighten today before drizzle and light showers return Sunday. The sun makes a cameo appearance next week with a shot at 60F by Tuesday. That would be nice.
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We go from muttering about slush to whining about puddles slowing down our commute. Complaining (out loud) is part of the human condition. Showery rains linger today, although probably no hail like the St. Cloud area saw yesterday. We dry out Saturday and models show 50s next week - a few degrees above average. Hey, you could be in Denver.
Getting to (real) spring is always a struggle. Weather never moves in a straight line - it's a messy tug of war. Warm air can't just push cold air out of the way; winter has to retreat on its own - and that just takes time (and patience at this latitude). Showery rains are likely today into Saturday morning, but next week will look and feel more like spring.
Enjoy the last little bit of sunshine while you can today. A water-logged storm system arrives later this week with heavy rainfall tallies up to 1 inch or more across parts of southern Minnesota. The extended forecast suggests a series of Pacific storm systems sliding across the country. Stubborn low clouds and showers look likely into the last week of March with rainfall tallies possibly topping 2 inches in spots to our south. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson