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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Tuesday mellowed into a nice day with sunshine, low 80s and a welcome dip in dew point. The next few days look pretty terrific with sunshine, 70s and low humidity levels. Jam your lake time in on Friday and Saturday because (shocking news) showers and T-storms return Sunday and Labor Day. What, you were expecting perfection...on a holiday weekend?
More Flash Flooding Overnight - Cooling Off - Tropical Storm Landfall Likely North of Tampa, Florida by Thursday
Monday felt like a typical day....in mid-July. A minor reality check sets in today as winds blow from the north; chasing downpours into Iowa and Wisconsin, treating us to a cooling trend into Thursday. We warm up a little next weekend with scattered T-storms by Sunday and early Labor Day. Hey, it's a holiday - keep expectations low. No storms with names....
Well, at least it was better than Saturday. After a foggy (thundery) start the sun came out and temperatures reached the mid-80s. Up north severe storms erupted, even a few large and violent (PDS) tornadoes in Polk County. Yes, a bit odd for late August. Expect sticky sun today with another round of irritable storms later in the day. We cool off and dry out by midweek - more storms may be brewing next weekend, but not as formidable as what residents of Florida and the Carolinas are tracking.
I'm happy to report that today will be even nicer than yesterday! That's a pretty low bar, granted, but we should top 80F today with some sunshine, higher humidity and a few stray T-storms. 80s will be the rule this week, with warmer than average weather spilling into Labor Day weekend. The risk of a Gulf Coast hurricane seems to be increasing again - water temperatures in the Gulf are very warm, which may fuel a big storm within a few days.
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